Q&A: Author Justin Torres on pushing creative boundaries in new novel ‘Blackouts’

October 13, 2023
Sanjana Chadive I Daily Bruin

Justin Torres is piecing together hidden histories in his latest work.

Recently chosen as a finalist for the 2023 National Book Award, “Blackouts” was released Tuesday. The associate professor of English’s second novel follows two men of different generations who have a book-length conversation about their lives and some of the lost chapters of queer history. Moreover, Torres said he included blackout poems and archival images to elevate the ideas of his novel.

Torres spoke with the Daily Bruin’s Sanjana Chadive about the messages in “Blackouts” and his writing journey.

Read the full interview.

(Photo courtesy of Justin Torres)