Professor Vincent Toro is a poet and playwright from New York. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Rider University, where he teaches creative writing and playwriting. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University. He is the author of two poetry collections, Tertulia and Stereo.Island.Mosaic., which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He is a recipient of the Caribbean Writer’s Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize, the Spanish Repertory Theater’s Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award, a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a New York Council for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a New Jersey State Council for the Arts Writer’s Fellowship. Vincent’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry Daily, Split This Rock, BOAAT, Small Axe Journal of Caribbean Literature, The Buenos Aires Review, The Acentos Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Vinyl Poetry, Omniverse, Anomaly, Saul Williams' CHORUS, Puerto Rico En Mi Corazon, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Misrepresent People, and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He has performed, lectured, and taught creative writing and theater nationally and internationally, is a Dodge Foundation Poet and a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal.




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