Recently selected by Oliver de la Paz for the Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry from Cutbank , J. R. Toriseva’s work has appeared in, or is forthcoming, from The North American Review, Salt Hill, The Literary Review, The Saranac Review, The Cincinnati Review, Descant, and JACKET, among others, and included in “Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound from City Lights”, and “Best Canadian Poetry in English”. Her collection, “Barbed Water”, chosen by Shane McCrae, was published by Saudade as the winner of their annual contest.

Toriseva currently serves as the Director of English and Communication Arts, and an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-GCC, she has also taught for Mills College, California Poets in the Schools, San Francisco WritersCorps, and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon.