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Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.


Giving a voice to the chaos within

"As I held the pen in contemplation my finger's back broke — it carried the weight of all my unspoken thoughts on its shoulders."

Julián Esteban Torres López is a storyteller who expresses his curiosities, explorations, and appreciations by way of poetry, journalism, memoir, essays, short fiction, and multimedia. For many years he was also a spoken word artist. He’s a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions nominee; a finalist for the Trilogy Award in Short Fiction; a winner of Fractured Lit‘s 250-Word Story Contest; a finalist for Marxist Literary Group's Michael Sprinker Essay Prize; a recipient of the McNair Fellowship; a winner of the Rudy Dusek Essay Prize in Philosophy of Art; a former columnist for Colombia Reports; and the author of three books.

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Where Julián's creations have found a home.


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Julián's own books, as well as books he has edited and published for others.


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Audio storytelling albums Julián has designed, recorded, and produced.


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Multimedia storytelling and trailers Julián has produced.


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"The skeleton of my memory has two broken ribs and a fractured spine, but if listened to closely, the barking of my heart can still be heard."

Julián is also working on a collection of short stories, a memoir, a collection of interviews, editing an anthology on womanhood and trauma, the audiobook companion to his poetry collection Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins, an experiential album of audio stories, and is helping bring to the world the first Spanish-to-English edition of the 1916 book Pensamientos de un Viejo (Reflections of an Old Man) by Colombian writer and existentialist philosopher Fernando González — “el filósofo de Otraparte” (The Philosopher from Somewhere-Else).

In 2022, he plans on releasing six experimental storytelling albums that archive and reimagine two decades of his creative storytelling work. Julián is presently looking for a publisher for his memoir Don’t Give Papaya.


Julián Esteban Torres López (he/him/él) is a bilingual, Colombia-born storyteller, public scholar, and culture architect with Afro-Euro-Indigenous roots. Some of his other intersectional identities also inform his work, such as: atheist, multiply neurodivergent, formerly an undocumented immigrant, (non-visibly) disabled, chronic mental health conditions, Latine/o/x. 

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With over two decades’ experience in community development and advancing social justice on the ground and in academic, corporate, and nonprofit settings, Julián is available for consulting, public talks, keynotes, workshops, training, coaching, mentorship, and interviews.


Julián is also available to partner with others to advocate for and center, elevate, and amplify the voices, experiences, and concerns of survivors of oppressive systems and dominant cultures.

What does it mean to be a storyteller? What kind of a storyteller am I? How do I decolonize storytelling? How do I approach gatekeeping? Why should you care about my perspectives? Why is my voice relevant? |

Divergent polymath, culture architect, and multi-hyphenate artist Julián Esteban Torres López applies his 25+ years of global experience in numerous fields to help organizations, changemakers, and artists explore, imagine, transform, innovate, and create beyond socially constructed boundaries.

The Nasiona

Julián is the founder of The Nasiona, a movement and multi-media platform that centers, elevates, and amplifies the personal stories of those Otherized by systems of oppression and dominant cultures.

We believe that the subjective can offer its own reality and reveal truths some facts cannot discover.​

Our work centers decolonization, liberation, empowerment, healing, and transformation. Through our magazinepodcastpublishing housementorship program, music series, live events, along with other initiatives and partnerships, we strive to humanize the Other.

The Nasiona Podcast

Renowned for his trauma-informed explorations of the nature-nurture of being, Julián and his The Nasiona Podcast guests examine existential concerns with compassion, care, and nuance through a decolonial prism.

These are engaging, in-depth, long-form conversations with creatives, changemakers, experts, culture architects, and justice activists that investigate our humanity, creativity, and journeys toward liberation.

Conscious Thrive

As the managing director of consulting and strategy at Conscious Thrive, Julián strives to bring back the HUMAN at the center of business relationships. We help you embody diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging from an inside-out approach — holding the whole human and individual as part of the whole.

We work with companies that have already committed to doing the work and have started implementing strategies and initiatives toward their commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment within their companies and external influences.

We offer consulting, workshops & training, and coaching.

To connect with us, schedule a free intro call: click here.

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