Amanda Torres is a loud laughing Mexican American writer, community organizer, and educator who loves avocados, sci-fi and young people. Originally from Chicago, Amanda has been teaching and performing spoken word for over twelve years. She is a graduating alumni of Young Chicago Authors and co-founder of L@s Eloter@s, a socially engaged Latinx writing teachers collective. She has performed internationally, showcasing the first youth poetry slam in London. In addition to her teaching and performing, Amanda has led professional development across the US. Most recently, for the Poetry Foundation, Andover Breadloaf Summer Teacher Program and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She was a member of the Emerging Poets incubator held by the Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary.
Upon arriving in Boston, Amanda co-founded the Massachusetts Literary Education and Performance Collective (MassLEAP) which hosts Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts, the largest youth poetry slam festival in the state, in-school and after school youth programming and professional development for educators. She served as MassLEAP's Artistic Director, the poetry Artist-in-Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, the Youth Arts Program Director at Inquilinos Boricus en Accion and was a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she spends her time writing poems, serving as an organizational consultant and facilitating professional development for a number of organizations, institutions and schools nationwide.