Storyteller

"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 thoughts by way of poetry, journalism, memoir, essays, short fiction, and experiential audio stories. 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 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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by Julián Esteban Torres López

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Published in 2021

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Published in 2020

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Published in 2019

"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).

Below you can engage with examples of Julián's storytelling work.

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Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction in Into the Void Magazine, Issue 9.
*Pushcart Prize Nomination*
*Best Small Fictions Nomination*

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Flash Fiction in The Acentos Review, December 2020.

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Flash Fiction in Burningword Literary Journal, Issue 86.

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Creative Non-Fiction

Flash Fiction in Fahmidan Journal, Issue 6.
*Best of the Net Nomination*

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Audio Stories

Audio Story in Rigorous, Volume 5, Issue 2.

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Audiobook sample of Julián’s micro-poetry collection Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins, published by The Nasiona in 2021.

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Audio Story in Moonchild Magazine, November 2021.

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Audio Story in Havik 2021: Inside Brilliance.

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The Nasiona Editorials

You want to be an ally? Here are some initial demands in order for you to demonstrate and enact love, care, and support beyond your personal feelings. (December 2021)

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“We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and ourselves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid. […] People are taught to respect their fear of speaking more than silence, but ultimately, the silence will choke us anyway, so we might as well speak the truth.” – Audre Lorde
(November 2021)

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In the US, we’ve been radicalized to assume ourselves as great, at the detriment of ourselves, our country, and the world. Our collective arrogance, self-absorption, and superiority complex will be our downfall if we do not course-correct immediately. A turbulent future is here and on the horizon. The intensity of that turbulence will depend on how we prepare and act today.
(January 2021)

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When you tell survivors of oppression to have faith that things will get better, and then you do nothing to change culture, to change behaviors, to change policies, to ensure situations improve, you ultimately ask us to be docile and to accept a violent, exploitative, and suppressive status quo.
(December 2020)

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We are standing on a fault line. We’re at what can become a historic crossroad and turning point, or simply a return to the status quo … a status quo that will only continue to degrade our planet and the vast majority of its inhabitants. Our soil is ready for a new harvest. Our seeds need to be watered.
(April 2020)

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Read the foreword HERE.

MIXED is available in paperback on Amazon, on Kindle, and on Barnes and Noble‘s website.

The definition of families is widening, whether it’s because of mixed-race relationships, interracial adoption, or numerous other factors. Today, it is important to hear from a growing population about race, their shifting identities, and what family means to them. At the heart of the issue are the mixed-race families. Many mixed-race children have had difficulties fitting in, whether with one race or the other. In mixed-race relationships, one partner may face racism, while the other may not, or else they will experience racism in different ways. Children who have been adopted into families that identify as a race that is not theirs often find that they struggle to fit in with their families as well as with people who identify as their own race. Not only are these families navigating US American culture at large, but they also must navigate their own family structures and what it means to be mixed.

About MIXED

By Nicole Zelniker