Iris Violeta Colon Torres

Iris Violeta Colón Torres

I’m a writer and a poet When I am writing I always take a break, I relax, I think and I become a part of the universe, then, I harvest my thoughts and just write.

I love to write and talk about how to be a better person, how to be better understood and how to be better in understanding. But really, I am just a simple woman that everyday dreams about been able to help create miracles with my writing and my talks. Which really means that I do care for my human family. Simply speaking, inspiration is my sustainable internal glow which pulls me forward. I am a woman who strives for excellence and I am determined to empower as many people, and I continue to lift and empower as I climb to achieve greatness. 


Some information about my background and contributions to the community

I have extensive experience working with women’s issues, employment, health and housing, knowledge of the state resources, politics and justice system.I am a register author and a freelance writer.

I was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and raised in the community of La Playa de Ponce. I was fortunate to grow up in a community called La Señorial, where the Puerto Rican culture was celebrated with pride.My critical thinking skills were defined by three strong women, my grandmother, my mother and my aunt. These Puertorriqeñas succinctly taught me all I needed to know about who I am.

I came to the Mainland in 1970 to pursue graduates’ studies. I have extensive experience working with women’s issues, employment, health and housing; knowledge of the state resources, politics and justice system with 25 years of service to the Court of Common Pleas PA State.For the past 30 plus years my efforts have been directed in advocating for urban and disadvantaged populations, especially for battered women and children. I am well-known as a writer, a poet and a journalist. I am the recipient of numerous awards dating back to the 80’s.My Membership and Affiliations are many. On 2014 Hunter College named me part of the 100 Puerto Rican, guaranteeing that my life and literary accomplishments are saved for the history of the Puerto Rican Community in the United States of America.


I was asked some time ago, “What’s your idea of perfect happiness?” Without thinking I answered, “My idea of perfect happiness changes day by day once I get up in the morning and begin living my day. I believe happiness is acting, doing, is freedom to do my best. If I feel restricted then I fell the opposite of happiness, and believe me, I fight to the end to end the felling of restriction.”

During the years these are some of the questions people asked me along with my answers. 

  1. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is not being able to remember who I am.
  2. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My rushed to judgment.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Their rushed to judgment.
  4. Which living person do you most admire? I really need to think and think about this one, my most admire person is no longer among the living, my grandmother.
  5. What is your greatest extravagance? My indulgent with Wine, very expensive wine.
  6. What is your current state of mind? I am happy, in high spirits, feeling so fortunate to have my children and grandchildren doing very well in their lives.
  7. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Charity because is being used to deceived and oppresses the needy.
  8. On what occasion do you lie? When I do not want to hurt someone’s felling, I usually go for a white lie.
  9. What do you most dislike about your appearance? My weigh.
  10. Which living person do you most despise? Oh, my goodness, just thinking about it my list is getting longer, most of these people are in politics, and I rather not answer this one question.
  11. What is the quality you most like in a man? Honesty.
  12. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Honesty.
  13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? My goodness – Carámba – Mofo – Hey there – Okay and sometime the big F word.
  14. What or who is the greatest love of your life? My two children and my four grandchildren, I see them as the extension of my life, of my immortality.