Is your work political?
What is the place of literature in politics?
Literature can serve a number of functions, all revolving around communication. Literature can document repressed histories, and it can present new possibilities for ways to live and think and act and dream. It can speak truth to power, and it creates culture, which is important because culture is where our values are collectively established and put into action.
What is your favorite political work?
Too many to mention. But the first that comes to mind is Rage Against the Machine’s first album.
Do you feel voting is important?
What are your hopes for this election?
The full on old world Fascism is staved off, at least for the near future.
Vincent Toro is a Puerto Rican poet, playwright, director, and educator. He is the author of two poetry collections: “STEREO.ISLAND.MOSAIC.” and “TERTULIA.” Vincent has been awarded the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the Caribbean Writer’s Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize, and Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Latino Playwriting Award. Vincent’s work has been published in dozens of magazines and journals and he has performed on stages and in schools across the United States as well as in Spain, Argentina, Turkey, and England. He serves as the director of the Saturday Program, a social justice arts education program at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and is a professor of English at Bronx Community College, a Dodge Foundation poet, and a contributing editor at Kweli Literary Journal.
Learn more at his website: http://www.grito.org/professor-vincent-t.-toro.html
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