J.L. Torres

Author of The Accidental Native and critical commentator of culture, arts and politics from a Latino perspective.

  • J.L. Torres is the author Boricua Passport, The Family Terrorist and Other Stories, the novel The Accidental Native,  as well as a collection of poems written from “the Post Barrio Universe.”
  • He has published various poems in journals such as the North American Review, Denver Quarterly, The Americas Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bilingual Review, Connecticut Review, Tulane Review, Puerto del Sol, among others, most of which are in Boricua Passport.
  • A Fulbright recipient and Professor of American and Latina/o Literature and Creative Writing at SUNY Plattsburgh, Torres has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and MFA from Columbia University.
  • Currently the Executive Editor of the Saranac Review, Torres has over thirty years of editorial experience beginning with his editorship in the late seventies of the culturally historic, Latin NY Magazine.
  • Along with Carmen Haydee Rivera, he is the co-editor of Writing Off the Hyphen: New Perspectives on the Literature of the Puerto Rican Diaspora.

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An inspired debut...Torres does capture the conflicts and challenges Puerto Ricans experience when returning to their homeland, but he reaches beyond the specific to the universal, illuminating the lives and feelings of any second-generation American in a similar situation.

- - Booklist on "The Accidental Native"

There is no other literary anthology that is timely, up to date, and that brings together such a wide array of topics and approaches that do justice to the complexities of U.S. Puerto Rican literature.

- - Renowned scholar Frances Aparicio on "Writing off the Hyphen: New Critical Perspectives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora"