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Elizabeth Torres

Poet, literary translator, and multimedia artist Elizabeth Torres, also known as Madam Neverstop, was born in Colombia in 1987. Elizabeth grew up in the United States and studied media, film, and the fine arts at Kean University in New Jersey. After graduation, she relocated to New York, where she was a member of the Art Students League and a founding member of Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York.

Torres has authored more than twenty books of poetry published in Spanish, English, Danish and German. Her poetry has also been included in anthologies and literary journals from around the world and translated into Ukrainian, Serbian, Finnish, and Swedish. 
Torres is the founder and director of the art and culture quarterly Red Door Magazine, host of the Red Transmissions Podcast, initiator of the international audio collection, Poetic Phonotheque, and a coordinator in the Nordic region for the Red Thread Network. She is a member of PEN Denmark, the American Literary Translators Association, and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Her work intertwines poetry, visual art, and soundscapes with language and performance, focusing on the subjects of identity, migration, grief, resilience, environmental awareness, and the representation of neurodivergent, BIPOC and LGBTQI+ communities.

Her latest book, La Lotería: Sorteo Nocturno / The Lottery: Nocturnal Sweepstakes, was selected for the 2022 Ambroggio Prize by Raina J. León and is forthcoming from University of Arizona Press in 2023. 

Torres resides in Copenhagen, where she is pursuing an MFA in the performing arts with a writing specialization at the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

Elizabeth Torres
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