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.

PRAISE & TESTIMONIALS

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Mike
Mike
Executive Director

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Jason
Creative Head

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Fernando
Fernando
Chief Marketing Manager
  • “A true artist.”

    – Sarah Yamanaka, writer, editor, creator

  • “Julián is the kind of person a creator needs to be in this modern era.”

    Maris Lidaka, filmmaker, editor, and founder of Blended Future Project

  • “Julián Esteban Torres López has been approved as a subject of biographical record in Who’s Who in America, inclusion in which is limited to individuals who possess professional integrity, demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective fields and have made innumerable contributions to society as a whole.”

    – Erica Lee, president of The Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board

  • “The Diversity Hall of Fame Alumni Award is presented by the university to UNH graduate Julián Esteban Torres López to recognize his accomplishments and commitment to social justice and equity.”

    – University of New Hampshire

  • “As you’ll be able to tell when you listen to him speak, this is truly a person of all kinds of talent, and a brain to match this talent. And it is mind-blowing. Truly genius! […] My mind is open and has been filled with concepts in such a deep, cognitive level that I actually feel tired. […] And I think that I could describe it, actually, as a jazz musician riffing. So, his thinking, his verbalizing, and he speaks with such eloquence in the things that he says, it reminds me of giving the stage to a jazz speaker. If that could exist, that’s what it’s like to listen to him. What an honor, too.

    – The Scapegoat Guild Podcast

  • “I’d recommend Julián to any organization that needs genuine, compassionate, and informed insight on the pressing social justice matters of our time.”

    – Tom Molanphy, educator + journalist

  • “Julián showcases the stories and experiences of cultures that have been undermined and othered. He knows that politics, economics, and any other social environment can change faster when culture is transformed. Julián truly knows how to create and use his platforms to center, elevate, and amplify the voices of the oppressed. Connect with Julián if you, too, are mission-driven and passionate about social justice! This incredible human being is here not only to give his advice towards podcasting but towards life. Julián gives us a gift!”

    – Daniela Perea Morales, co-founder & production director at Smooth Podcasting

  • He plants the seeds, gets people going in the right direction.

    – Caitlin Flynn, artist, co-founder of The Wayssmeet Art Gallery

  • “Julián is really, really wonderful about resetting ideas in a way that is deep but interesting, and that really makes me think. […] The way that he verbalizes [ideas] is so unique to who he is as a person. It’s just inspiring.”

    – Mireya S. Vela, storyteller, artist, educator, author of Vestiges of Courage: Collected Essays

  • “As an educator engaged with Critical Pedagogy, I admire how Julián’s public talk ‘Decolonizing Storytelling’ brought together actionable concepts in ways that encourage application in our classrooms and the lives of our students. Julián’s talk opened a space for important reflections on crucial topics for underrepresented communities such as political art, the politics of representation, and activism. In a personalized and honest manner, Julián exemplified Paulo Freire’s statement that ‘There is no true word that is not at the same time praxis’ (Pedagogy of the Oppressed 1970). Similarly, Julián demonstrates in his workshop ‘Cultural Heritage Podcasting’ and throughout his own artistic practice the value of listening and the empowerment that comes from producing and amplifying storytelling from the margins. In so doing, Julián reminds us that, ‘to speak a true word is to transform the world’ (Freire).”

    Dr. Alexandra Rodriguez Sabogal, Educator, Spanish + Latin American Culture and Literature

  • “He gets the class to reframe what the notion of literary art is. Not all poetry is meant to reside quietly and in the confines of the classroom; it is meant to be disruptive and provocative. Students went from hating to loving poetry because of Torres.”

    – Dr. John Ernest, associate professor in English and director of African-Studies program

  • “We are deeply grateful to Julián for joining us for a workshop on Cultural Heritage Podcasting and a public talk on Decolonizing Storytelling. Both events were truly compelling. Julián engaged students and other audience members with his generative questions, incisive commentary, and passionate delivery. Students and other audience members left inspired to tell their own stories and to work toward social justice. We highly recommend working with him!”

    Dr. Katherine Gillen, Chair, Department of Language, Literature, and Arts,Texas A&M University-San Antonio

  • “Julián embodies community and inspires the next generation of Latinx creators. When we first met at the Cruzando Fronteras event run by Central Americans for Empowerment (CAFE) at Chico State, Julián was an incredible professional speaker and passionate about helping our students. His presence was a guiding force and it felt like he invested so much time, patience, and wisdom into us in such a short amount of time. He was our biggest supporter, both attentive and kind in equal measure. We could tell that he wanted to see us succeed, not just on that day, but for everything else that was coming for us as individuals. Julián made us feel appreciated. I’d highly recommend working with Julián!”

    – Alondra Adame, poet, essayist, lecturer at California State University, Chico

  • “Daring and risky, [Julián’s poems] challenge readers to think beyond the norms of language and cultural history, as each is broken down and reinvented. Think of Derrida working toward a written Picasso.”

    – Dr. Carl Boon, author of PLACES & NAMES and professor of literature at Dokuz Eylül University

  • “I was stunned by the infusion of history and lineage, joy and disappointment in this lyric collection. Torres López bends quotidian moments through a prism, slowing time in a way that celebrates the wonder of wakeful living.”

    Deborah Taffa, author of Whiskey Tender: A Memoir, and director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) 

  • “Reading [the poems] is like reading the writings of Russian poet and avant-gardist Daniil Kharms or one of the many heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa. But the poems’ minimalism reminds one of Zen koans: absurd, irrelevant, contradictory, imaginative, fun and beautiful.”

    – Dr. Bunkong Tuon, poet and associate professor of English at Union College

  • “When he joined our team, he came highly recommended, and always delivered on those expectations. Julián brought to us intellectually inspired ideas, persistent work ethic and an effective drive to align his passions to our goals. His leadership inspired with strong communication, vision, and actions. It is a pleasure to recommend Julián.”

    – Juan Colato, museum professional, manager, mentor

  • “At The Nasiona, we’ve been busy carving a space in the nonfiction storytelling universe by developing our magazine, a publishing house, a podcast, editing services, and an internship program, all of which help us delve into the human condition and reach more people. As the organization’s founder, Julián has built and maintained a respected literary institution. His ability to run an entire organization never loses site of who he values most: the individual. He is confident and gracious, allowing shared authority when creating and problem-solving. To work for Julián is to be considered a main player, an important contributor, and someone who is heard.
    What I appreciate most as Julián’s colleague is his efficiency and keen listening skills. He is able to work consistently to the fullest and in doing so produces high quality work within expected timelines. He shows deep respect toward others and both offers good council and accepts others’ contributions with high regard. Such qualities make him an excellent instructor, leader, visionary, and team member. “

    Andrea Auten, writer, writing specialist, performance + visual artist, arts teacher

  • “Julián immediately brought much needed clarity to our work processes and objectives. In a short time, his strategic thinking and creative approach helped to minimize obstacles and build an effective working environment for our team. It is rare to feel renewed motivation about a job, but this is how I felt each day under Julián’s supervision. He encouraged collaboration, created opportunities for professional development, provided insightful feedback and truly advocated for our team. As a direct result of his leadership, Julián grew our museum’s footprint beyond the brick and mortar by forging relationships with many strategic partners and expanding our audience to many diverse groups across the Bay Area. I feel fortunate to have worked with Julián and to have learned so much under his tutelage.”

    – Michelle Brass, curator, senior museum coordinator

  • “Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor — but I did when I worked with Julián. In a team, Julián promotes a positive environment. He is one of those people who have this rare capability of keeping their cool even in difficult environments and still come up with excellent results for any activity assigned. He is flexible and adaptive to team interactions and helps the team to move toward solving problems.”

    Radhika Rane Bhosale, CRM and Marketing professional; Mrs. Asia USA 2022 First Runner Up (representing India)

  • “He is an educator and not all the educators are in front of the classroom.”

    Sean McGhee, former Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs

  • “Julián was a joy to work with and went out of his way to mentor me during my summer intern position. He is a very cheerful and open-minded person; Julian stood out as the funniest one at every meeting and as a leader that inspired me to ask ‘why?’ instead of just accepting the way things ‘had to be done.’”

    – Lindsay Rodgers, CPA

  • “Julián was my manager in a business education company. He was always looking to invent new strategies to improve existing practices and procedures. He stood up for the team and was never afraid to bring something into question.”

    Lisa Preissler, Senior Training Operations Manager at C3 AI

  • “Julian is a problem solver with a keen ability to visualize comprehensive plans and then execute on them. There are few people I know that are as hard working as Julián. When he sets his mind to something, he will inevitably achieve it. Julián would be a one-of-a-kind asset to any team or organization, and I couldn’t recommend him more.”

    – Patrick Johnson, Immersive Storytelling Specialist, CEO + founder of Rock Paper Reality

  • “Julián is a true professional in a world of unrealistic claims.”

    – Allan Peterson, independent scholar

  • “I have come to know Julián as the embodiment of kindness itself, a kindness that shows its evidence at every stage of his impressive career. It is visible in the way he communicates with authors, in the interviews he conducts for The Nasiona podcast, in the humbling and tireless way he ensures he is always giving a voice to the voiceless. Julián founded The Nasiona on the principle of tolerance, and he uses his platform to leave the metaphorical door open for others with similar goals. It is what he has done for me, and countless other young creatives, for which I am eternally grateful.
    He brings a sharp focus to every project he approaches; with his ample experience with cultural organizations, combined with a personal background that imparts him with broad-mindedness, it’s little doubt that he has, over the years, managed to rally such a vibrant community of readers, editors and artists around him. He also imbues the work with a contagious enthusiasm, and is always coming up with refreshing ways to do conventional things — the multi-faceted literary organization that is The Nasiona being a prime example —, which makes working alongside him incredibly stimulating.
    But above all, Julián is passionate, and one of the most dedicated advocates for social justice I have ever known. He is always open, always attentive, always supportive, and thanks to his constant guidance, the responsibilities he bestows upon you never feel challenging.
    I wholeheartedly give Julián my full recommendation. He is one of the best mentors I’ve ever had, and it’s a constant privilege to work with him. Julián is a credit to his profession, and any job that would require a meticulous eye, a humane perspective, a rigorous researcher, or simply, a creative force of a mind would find in him the most phenomenal of assets.

    Aïcha Martine Thiam, creative director, editor, artist, musician, author of AT SEA and BURN THE WITCH

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Fernando
Fernando
Chief Marketing Manager

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Jason
Creative Head

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Mike
Mike
Executive Director

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Fernando
Fernando
Chief Marketing Manager

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Mike
Executive Director

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Jason
Creative Head
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