Yarisa Colón Torres

Yarisa Colón Torres was born in Puerto Rico on March 1st, 1977. Obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Black & Puerto Rican Studies and Psychology from Hunter College, CUNY. Currently, she studies French at Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne and writes a regular column for Siempre Newspaper, the largest Hispanic newspaper in New York City.

In September 2000, Yarisa was invited to read at the first "Noche de Poesía en Español" at Mixta Gallery, El Barrio, New York; a monthly activity that united her to a collective of artists which enriched her development as a poet and cultural organizer of events such as Performance Nights, Three Kings Day, and others. In September 2001, Ediciones Mixta published her first book of poetry Desvestida. The following year, Pipas and Bellies (the English version) were also published by Ediciones Mixta. Both handmade books were illustrated by the Puerto Rican painter, Tanya Torres.

Her poetry has been published by the newspapers Siempre and Divercity and by the magazine The New Vision. Her literary work has been acknowledged by AHA Magazine and El Diario/La Prensa. She participated in the television program, Galascene, dedicated to writer Miguel Piñero (Channel 47, New York) and "En la Punta de la Lengua", (Channel 6, Puerto Rico).