ELIZABETH TORRES: (Madam Neverstop)
Bogotá, Colombia, 1987. Poet, multi-media artist, translator and speaker.
Her most recent book, “En las Fauces del Olvido” (In the Jaws of Oblivion) was published in Puerto Rico by La Impresora, and then launched in Mexico and Guatemala, with additional presentations in Sweden, Finland, Germany and Denmark during 2017.
Previous achievements include having been the Poet in Residence at Kean University where she studied Media & Film and Fine Arts. Being the author of over 20 published works, and currently working on two new poetry selections “To enter and exit through the memory of the living” and “Bodies of Water”, a novel. Being the recipient of the National Poetry Award “Best book of poetry of the year” by the Colombian Book Chamber. Winning the Spirits in the Words poetry contest by Daimler Chrysler. Winning the American Eagle’s Live your Life contest.
Elizabeth resides in Copenhagen, where she works as a writer and translator, and is the director of Red Door Magazine and Red Door Gallery, Copenhagen, as well as a founding member of NolitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange).
Elizabeth Torres, Bogota, Colombia, 1987.
Poet, multi-media Artist, speaker and translator. Founder and director of Red Door Magazine, New York, 2009 and currently director of Red Door Gallery in Copenhagen, where she resides. Active member of NolitchX (Nordic Literatures in Change and Exchange) and collaborator of the Festival de Literatura de Copenhague. Elizabeth works as CRM Coordinator and Copywriter for Albatros Expeditions in Denmark.
Focus and main interests: Collaboration projects with art collectives and galleries, multi-media art collaborations, curating exhibitions and organizing art events that intertwine communities and art forms.
En las Fauces del Olvido, her most recent book, is currently being translated to Danish for a multilingual publication. The book was published in Spanish in Puerto Rico and presented in the fall of 2017 in Mexico, Guatemala, Berlin, Helsinki, Malmo and Copenhagen.
Other publications include “Atemporal”, a poetry selection in Spanish and English published in NY in 2015. “Edad de Sol” (Age of the Sun), was published in New York and presented in the Mexican Book Fair (Ayuntamiento) in 2011 as well as in a tour of Oaxaca and the US. In 2010, Torres joined Morgan O’Hara in creating the art documentation and performative drawing project Live Transmission in Macau and Hong Kong, during the frame of the Macao Fringe Festival. Her previous book, “Anatomia de la Arcilla Incoherente” with a prologue by Jairo Anibal Niño, was presented in Mexico, China and the US during the fall of 2010. In 2008-09 Torres traveled to Europe and South America to work with universities, schools and non-profits, in a series of poetry workshops, interactive performances and object-book classes.
Her career as a poet began at an early age in Colombia, when she was a child. “Preguntas sin Respuesta” was awarded Best Book of Poetry of the Year by the Colombian Book Chamber in 2000. After a series of book tours and interviews, Elizabeth moved with her family to the US, where they received status as political asylees and afterwards, citizenship. Elizabeth grew up in New Jersey and began writing in English and focusing on the power of language and translation. At 15 she was the winner of the Daimler Chrysler’s Spirits in the Words poetry contest and at 17 she received American Eagle Outfitter’s Live Your Life Role Model title for the US and Canada.
Elizabeth Torres is a member of the Art Students League of New York, where she resided for 7 years.
Her artwork has been exhibited in Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, France, Copenhagen and the United States. Her work focuses on social justice, creative expression, artistic exchanges, and world-threading.
Elizabeth is currently working on her upcoming book: “Cuerpos de Agua y los Espacios Intermedios” (Bodies of Water and the Spaces in Between), and “To Enter and Exit through the Memory of the Living”.
- In the Jaws of Oblivion / En las Fauces del Olvido – Bilingual poetry selection, Puerto Rico, Editorial La Impresora 2018
- En las Fauces del Olvido, Spanish poetry selection, Puerto Rico, (Editorial La Impresora) 2017
- Atemporal, Bilingual poetry selection, New York 2015 (private sponsors, limited edition distributed in the US and Europe).
- Street Light Visions (alucinación a cuatro tiempos), bilingual poetry book, (H)onda Nómada Ediciones, México, 2012
- Edad de Sol, poemario, New York 2011
- Anatomía de la Arcilla Incoherente, (Anatomy of the Incoherent Clay) Poetry, 2010, USA. Prologue by Jairo Anibal Niño, Colombia.
- Distortions in Red, Poetry 2010, Limited Edition, NY
- How to catch a Public Belief, Poetry CD, 2010 Limited Edition, NY
- Des-instrucción improvisada: Re-programación gramatical y teórica, Poetry, 2009, Object Book, limited Edition, USA
- Poesía a varios tiempos, Poetry CD, 2009, NY
• De amor, desamor y otros infortunios: Porque la vida es bastante moralista los lunes por la mañana, Poetry, Object Book, 2008, USA
- Because the Flame is Alive, Prose and Poetry, 2007, US and Canada (Bilingual Edition) – Sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters and published in the US and Canada.
- Pacto del Girasol, poetry, 2004, USA
• Semillas de Paz, 2000, CD de poesía, Miami, USA
• Alas de Papel, Poetry. Editorial Educar, 1999. Prologue by Fernando Soto Aparicio, Colombia.
• Preguntas sin Respuesta, Ministerio de Cultura, Colombia – Poetry, 1998. “Best Book of Poetry of the year”-Award by the Colombian Book Chamber. Prologue by Jotamario Arbelaez, Colombia. (5 editions published, more than 12,000 books sold).
• La Mariposa y Bogotá, Short Stories, Colombia, 1998
• Tesoro del Alma, Audio Cassette, Colombia 1998
• Una Niña, Audio Cassette, Colombia 1997
• Gatos Soñadores, Poetry, 1997, Object Book, Costa Rica and Colombia, Limited Edition
- Las aventuras del camaleón, Short Stories, Colombia, 1996
Anderson Hotel, Copenhagen, DK 2016
Rigshospitalet solo exhibition, Copenhagen, DK 2015
“Lucid Screaming” Æter, Copenhagen, 2014
“To Enter and Exit Through the Memory of the Living”, Rummet, Copenhagen, 2014
“ —-“, collective show, Berlin 2014
“Revolution” Collective exhibit, Texas Firehouse, LIC NY, 2011
“Bushwick’s Open Studios” Collective exhibit, Brooklyn, NY 2011 (Lakapana Video Installation)
“Confessions (Auto confesiones)” Make the Road, Queens NY 2011
“Let the Lover Be” Public Assembly, Bklyn, NY, 2010
“Hell’s Kitchen Weekend Art Festival”, Collective exhibit, Times Square Center NY, 2010
“Art Talk” Collective exhibit, A Steamin’ Pipes show at Hiccup Media, LIC NY, 2009
“Coleccion Arte Latinoamericano” Collective exhibit, Ravel Gallery & Hotel, LIC NY 2009 – Present
“The Call of Life”, Broadway & LRC Galleries, PCC NJ, 2004
“Pieces of Life” Sol Gallery, Coconut Grove, Miami, 2000
PERFORMANCES, SCREENINGS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
13 Festival Internacional de Poesia de Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 2017
En las Fauces del Olvido, lanzamiento del libro por editorial La Impresora, Mexico 2017
Worldthreaders Poetry tour with Jotamario Arbelaez and Lalo Barrubia, Helsinki, Malmo and Berlin 2017
Festival de Literatura de Copenhague, Dinamarca 2017
Runokuu Poetry Festival, “Futurible”, Helsinki, Finland 2016
Festival Latinoamericano de Literatura, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015
Kælderlæsninger Poetry Series, Islands Brygge Bibliotek, Copenhagen, DK, 2015
Video Screenings by expoesía collective, Bilbao, November 2014, as part of the Expoesía 2014 Biennal.
Video Screening of “Distintos Espantos” at The Americas Film Festival, The City College of New York, June 2014
“No Surprises” collective video exhibition, Rummet, August 2014
The Armory Show, New York 2012
Poetas Latinos en NY, Feria del Libro Palacio de Minería, México 2012
Poe-See-Ah Poetry in Translation, Queens Museum of Art, 2012
“Neverstop”, Electric Set, on-going series, USA 2011
“Poetry in Translation” Queens Council of the Arts, NY 2012
“Mujeres Poetas en el País de las Nubes”, Oaxaca, México, 2011
“Serie de Lecturas”, Barco de Papel, NY 2011
“Encuentro Internacional de Poetas” Michoacán, Mexico, 2010
“New York Book Expo”, Queens Museum, NY 2009-Present
“Encuentro de Poetas en la Isla” Puerto Rico, 2009
“24 Hour Performance Marathon”, Poetas en NY, New York 2008
“Freshmen Orientation Ceremony”, Keynote Speaker, Kean University, 2008-2009
“Book Release performance series” Paris, Spain, Dublin, 2007
“Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour”, US, 2008- Present
Other speaking engagements include Unesco and UNICEF poetry readings, Verizon, Daimler Chrysler, Johnson and Johnson and workshops at universities and schools such as Georgetown, Franklyn and Marshall, La Guardia Community College, and Rutgers, as well as more than 100 interviews given to English & Spanish speaking media in the US and abroad.
Bi-monthly articles and chronicles for Red Door Magazine, NY, 2009-present
•Kælderlæsninger. A selection of poets by Islands Brygge Bibliotek, CPH 2014
L.U.P.I La Unica Puerta a la Izquierda, Publishing House & Magazine, Spain, 2011
Poesía Sin Fronteras, Antología, Mi Cielo Ediciones, México 2011
XVI Encuentro Internacional De Poetas, Michoacan, Zamora, Mexico, 2010
Young People who Rock Feature, CNN’s Headline News, 2009
Keeping the Flame Alive, Retire at 21, USA 2008
Spirits in the Words Anthology, Daimler Chrysler Corp, 2004
Mujeres Poetas en el Pais de las Nubes, Antologia Coleccion Vidzu, Mexico 2001
Letras de Paz, Antologia, UNESCO, 2000
Poet in Residence, Kean University, New Jersey, 2009-2010
Cultural Ambassador of the City of Elizabeth, NJ, 2009
Live your Life Role Model – Award Winner, American Eagle Outfitters, US & Canada, 2006
Spirits in the Words 1st prize Poetry Winner, Daimler Chrysler Corp, 2004
Policarpa Salaviarrieta, Grado de la Gran Cruz, Asamblea de Cundinamarca, Colombia 2000
Best Book of Poetry of the year, Colombian Book Chamber, Colombia 2000
Red Door Magazine, New York, 2009 – Present
Red Door Gallery, Copenhagen, 2014 – Present.
Project Neverstop , 2011 – present.
Steamin’ Pipes, Art Collective, LIC New York, 2008 – 2010
Poetas en Nueva York Art Collective, NY, 2007 – Present
Talents Association, NJ/NY, 2005- 2009
Cove-Rincon International, Art Collective, Miami, 2000 – 2004