Amanda Torres is a mexicana writer, singer, teacher, and organizer who loves avocados. Winner of the National Brave New Voices Slam Competition & veteran of Louder Than Bomb, Chicago, she showcased the first youth poetry slam in London. Amanda has received several awards for her writing and performance, including the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Award for Fiction. She has written articles for AREA Magazine and has published work in several anthologies including the Garland Court Review.
Originally from Chicago, Amanda has been teaching for over eight years. She founded the first Youth Advisory Council at Young Chicago Authors and co-founded L@s Eloter@s, a socially engaged Latino/a writing teachers collective. Upon arriving in Boston, Amanda continues to teach ESL and performance poetry throughout the state of Massachusetts. She serves as the Festival Director for the Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam, Massachusetts and co-founded the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (Mass LEAP), the youth spoken word programming arm of MassPoetry where she currently serves as Program Director. Amanda continues to teach performance poetry in Boston Public Schools, and cultural institutions.