Emmanuel Torres is poet, art critic, professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Ateneo de Manila and curator of its art museum. He was born on April 29, 1932 in Manila. In 1954, he finished his BA in Education and received the Joseph Mulry Award for Literary Excellence at the Ateneo de Manila University, and in 1957, on a Fulbright-Smith-Mundt fellowship, he obtained his M.A. in English at the State University of Iowa where he enjoyed an International Scholarship in Creative Writing and attended Paul Engle’s Writers’ Workshop. He joined the Ateneo faculty in 1958, and since 1960 was curator of the Ateneo University Art Gallery. In 1961, he was one of Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM Awardee for Literature). At the Ateneo, he held the Henry Lee Erwin Chair in Creative Writing and the FEBTC/Jose B. Fernandez Chair for art research. In addition to the extensive local and international recognition he received for his work in the arts and letters, Torres was art columnist in The Manila Times and SIM. He has also been a member of several committees on art exhibits across the globe.
Torres’ works on art include St. Joseph the Worker Chapel (1968), The Drawings of Ang Kiukok (1976), Jeepney (1979), and Kayamanan: 77 Paintings from the Central Bank Collection (1981). Awarded often at the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, his poems have been collected in Angels and Fugitives (1966), Shapes of Silence (1972), and The Smile on Smokey Mountain & Other Poems (1991).