Julián Esteban Torres López is a storyteller who helps others tell their stories. He’s the Founder, Executive Director, and Editor-in-Chief of The Nasiona, a nonfiction storytelling organization that shares stories (via a monthly magazine, podcast, and books) that explores the spectrum of human experience and glimpses into foreign worlds.
Julián thrives in mission-driven environments that help amplify the voices of those traditionally marginalized and forgotten. He’s currently focused on creating a more just, equal, and fair socio-political climate by first changing culture. He’s passionate about issues of race and identity.
Julián is a Colombian-born journalist, researcher, writer, educator, publisher, podcaster, and editor with nearly 20 years of experience as a senior leader in social impact organizations. Before founding The Nasiona, he ran several cultural and arts organizations, edited journals and books, was a social justice and public history researcher, wrote a column for Colombia Reports, taught university courses, and managed a history museum.
Julián is the author of essays, fiction, and poetry. He’s a Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions nominee and 1st place winner of the Rudy Dusek Essay Prize in Philosophy of Art. He has authored several books, including a poetry collection Ninety-Two Surgically Enhanced Mannequins, a philosophy/ethics/political science book Marx’s Humanism and Its Limits: Why Marx Believed We Should Achieve Socialism and Communism Nonviolently, which was BookAuthority’s Best New Socialism Book of 2018, and Reporting on Colombia: Essays on Colombia’s History, Culture, Peoples, and Armed Conflict (forthcoming, 2019).
Julián received a B.A. in philosophy, a B.A. in communication, and an M.A. in justice studies from the University of New Hampshire. He was a Ph.D. candidate at University of British Columbia Okanagan’s interdisciplinary graduate studies program, where he focused on political science and Latin American studies. He also attended Rivier College as a freshman pre-dent student, and, many years later, the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, on a research scholarship.
He’s an introverted bibliophile who takes the stairs to avoid awkward elevator small talk. He also has three front teeth (go ahead, zoom in on the photo), swam in the Amazon River, likes to play the French Defense and the Colle System as chess openings, finds the taste of alcohol disgusting, his wife is his favorite painter, secretly desires to be a stand-up comic or a classical music composer, feels at ease near mountains, and was almost born in Queens New York.
Born, instead, in Medellín, Colombia, Julián immigrated to New Hampshire, U.S.A., when he was eight years old. Having also lived in Japan, Chile, and Canada, he identifies as a cultural hybrid. He’s also had over 80 roommates, which has made it difficult to call one place home. He does, however, have a special place in his heart for the Aburrá Valley of Colombia, the seacoast of New Hampshire, Canada’s Okanagan Valley, and the hills of San Francisco, where he lives with his interior designer + artist wife. It is from here he writes, reads, helps others polish and share their stories, and imagines an alternate life as a comedian, where he tells jokes on stage while drinking decaf.
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