Special introduction by Daniel Halpern, founder of HarperCollins imprint Ecco and the National Poetry Series.
The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry annually through participating publishers. In addition, the National Poetry Series has partnered with Miami Book Fair to award the Paz Prize in Poetry, which ensures bilingual publication for a book of poems written in Spanish. This conversation features Michael Torres on An Incomplete List of Names: Poems, in conversation with the judge who selected his manuscript, Raquel Salas Rivera, Lo terciario/The Tertiary.
Who do we belong to? This is the question Torres ponders as he explores the roles that names, hometown, language, and others’ perceptions each play on our understanding of ourselves in An Incomplete List of Names: Poems. More than a boyhood ballad or a coming-of-age story, this collection illuminates the artist’s struggle to make sense of the disparate identities others have forced upon him.