In residence April 6 - May 6, 2018
Amanda Torres is 2018 SWACC! Focus Fellowship recipient, awarded to a spoken word artist with a commitment to community and collaboration.
Amanda Torres is a loud laughing Mexican American writer, singer, teacher, and organizer who loves avocados. She has performed internationally, showcasing the first youth poetry slam in London and performed with such luminaries as Martin Espada. Originally from Chicago, Amanda has been teaching and performing spoken word for over twelve years in schools, juvenile detention centers, libraries, community centers and museums. She is a graduating alumni of Young Chicago Authors and cofounder of L@s Eloter@s, a socially engaged Latinx writing teachers collective. In addition to her teaching and performing, Amanda has led youth spoken word trainings and presentations across the US including the Oklahama Arts Institute and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Convention. She was a member of the Emerging Poets incubator held by the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. Upon arriving in Boston, Amanda co-founded the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP) which hosts Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts, the largest youth poetry slam festival in the state, and served as poetry artist in residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston. Amanda is currently MassLEAP's Artistic Director and a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.