Josette Torres is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She also holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Purdue University. At present she is an Information Technology Specialist with Tech’s Department of Political Science. Previously she was the volunteer coordinator at The Lyric Theatre in Downtown Blacksburg and a DJ at VT’s student-run freeform radio station WUVT-FM.

She has been writing and publishing in both print and online media since before the turn of the millennium. She was the entire second wave of Purdue webloggers, establishing her weblog, Girl in Black, in the summer of 2000, and frequently/infrequently updated until its discontinuation in the fall of 2017.

Recent poetry and creative nonfiction publications include: Palaver, Star 82 Review, Artemis, and The Pylon.

Research interests include: Twitter, online messaging, digital and hypertext writing, social media, digital culture and identity, and American open wheel racing.

Personal interests include: Virginia Tech basketball, naps, watching films in old movie theatres, weight training, book sales, Formula 1, the IndyCar Series, Snapchat and Instagram Stories, and forever searching for the perfect patio dining area in Blacksburg.

Josette can be reached via email at josette at vt dot edu and via Twitter at @girlinblack.

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