Curated Conversation(s): Michael Torres with Diana Marie Delgado

Michael Torres discusses his debut poetry collection, An Incomplete List of Names, with Diana Marie Delgado. Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show is a monthly interview with a Latinx poet who has recently published their first book. The debut poets themselves have selected their interlocutors.

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Michael Torres was born and brought up in Pomona, California where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His debut collection of poems, An Incomplete List of Names (Beacon Press, 2020), was selected by Raquel Salas Rivera for the National Poetry Series. His honors include awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, CantoMundo, VONA Voices, and the Jerome Foundation. He’s teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit him at

Diana Marie Delgado is the Literary Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center and the author of Tracing the Horse (BOA, 2019), a New York Times Noteworthy Pick. Her chapbook, Late-Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust, was the 2018 Center for Book Arts winner. She has published poetry in PloughsharesIndiana ReviewNinth LetterNew York Times MagazineColorado Review, and Tin House. Delgado received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and her selected honors and awards include the National Endowment for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Breadloaf.

Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show is a collaboration between The Writer’s Center, Duende District, Poet Lore, and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. This project is funded by the Poetry Foundation and the generosity of individual donors.