Storyteller + Culture Architect Advancing Social Justice

My work is about decolonization, liberation, empowerment, healing, and transformation.

JULIÁN ESTEBAN TORRES LÓPEZ (he/him/él) is a bilingual, Colombia-born storyteller and culture architect with Afro-Euro-Indigenous roots. For two decades, Julián has worked toward humanizing those Othered by oppressive systems and dominant cultures. He is the creator of the social justice storytelling movement The Nasiona, where he also hosts and produces The Nasiona Podcast. He’s a Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net nominee; a Trilogy Award in Short Fiction finalist; a former McNair Fellow; and the author of Marx’s Humanism and Its Limits and Reporting On Colombia. His poetry collection, Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins, is available now. His work appears in PANK MagazineInto the Void MagazineThe Acentos ReviewNovus Literary and Arts JournalHavic 2021: Inside Brilliance, among others. Julián holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and in communication and a master’s in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire and was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where he focused on political science and Latin American studies.

Selected Publications


Reporting On Colombia

Essays on Colombia's History, Culture, Peoples, and Armed Conflict

Marx's Humanism and Its Limits

Why Marx Believed We Should Achieve Socialism and Communism Nonviolently


The Obituaries Editor

*Pushcart Prize nominee* *Best Small Fictions nominee*


To the Border Crossers

It's Time to Start Biting Their Tongues Instead of Ours

On Faith and Other Demons

Why I Do No Have (Nor Want to Have) Faith in Humanity