Growing up in a small town allowed Luis E. Torres the opportunity to explore his creative side. Always curious, it was no surprise he enjoyed poetry from the very first day he was introduced to the subject. Remembering that day, as well as remembering the grade he received for his first poem (a modest "D"), always brings a smile to Luis's face. His first assignment in creative writing was to write a poem about himself. At first, all Luis could do was stare at the empty page, but once he managed to come up with a catchy opening, the rest followed.