Creative Writing Program Faculty

Michael Torres

Chris McCormick

Thursday, February 25

Craft Talk

3-4 pm

Ostrander Auditorium, Centennial Student Union | Minnesota State University, Mankato

Books will be available for purchase

Reading

7:30-8:30 pm

Room 245, Centennial Student Union |Minnesota State University, Mankato

Real-time captioning will be provided

Books will be available for purchase

Michael Torres is a Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation distinguished alumnus and a CantoMundo fellow.  In 2016 he was a winner of the Loft Mentor Series, received an Individual Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and was awarded a Jerome Foundation Research and Travel grant to visit the pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico where his father grew up.  In 2010 he received fellowships and award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Loft Literary Center for the Mirrors and Windows program.  He is a 2020 McKnight Writing Fellow, and a former artist-in-residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.  He debut poetry collection, An Incomplete List of Names, was selected by Raquel Sala Rivera for the National Poetry Series and will be published by Beacon Press in 2020.  Currently, he teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato and through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshops.

Chris McCormick is the author of The Gimmicks (Harper 2020) and Desert Boys (Picador 2016), winner of the 2017 Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award.   His essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Tin House, and Ploughshares.  He grew up in the Antelope Valley on the California side of the Mojave Desert, and earned his BA from the University of California, Berkeley.  After teaching at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earned his MFA and won two Hopwood Awards, he’s now an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.