GERARDO Z. TORRES (b. 1965) obtained his A.B. Literature from De La Salle University, M.A. Literature (English) from the Ateneo de Manila University, and Ph.D. Literature (with High Distinction and Gold Medal for Outstanding Dissertation) from DLSU. He served as DLSU’s Literature Department Vice-Chair in 1992-1995, Chair in 1996-1997, and Graduate Program Coordinator in 2002-2003. At present, he is an Associate Professor of Literature and Writer-in-Residence at DLSU. He is also the Associate Director for Fiction of DLSU’s Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.
Jerry started writing stories at 19. His short story “The Rebel” won first prize in the First DLSU Annual Awards for Literature in 1986. He attended the National Writers Workshop in Dumaguete City in 1993 and was awarded a faculty writing fellowship for fiction (Bro. Blimond Pierre Chair of Rhetoric) by the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center in 1996-1997. Of his short story “Coming Out,” the late Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo said: “‘Coming Out’ is a sad story. At the story’s end, the critical reader gets the impression that henceforth Stephan will be hopping from one male bed to another.” Jerry has also done translations of works by Anna Akhmatova, C.P. Cavafy, Siegfried Sassoon, George Ives, Isagani R. Cruz, Rosario Cruz-Lucero, Eric Gamalinda, Rene Villanueva, and Nicolas Pichay. His first bookPink Men in Love and Other Stories (UST Publishing House) came out in 2005.