DR STEPHEN TORRE - ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Stephen Torre is Associate Professor of English in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at James Cook University, Cairns.
He was born 4 May 1952 in Innisfail, and educated in Innisfail and Brisbane. He attended the University of Queensland where he read English Literature and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 1978. His Honours thesis was on the short stories of Patrick White, and his doctoral research was on the Australian short story. He was awarded his PhD in 1983 by the University of Queensland.
From his earliest days at James Cook University as a tutor at the Townsville campus, Stephen became interested in North Queensland writing. Partly this was a result of becoming involved with the editing and production of the scholarly journal Literature in North Queensland (LINQ) where he was part of the editorial team with Associate Professors Elizabeth Perkins and Cheryl Taylor. (He is still on the Editorial Board.) Gradually his interest here expanded to include 'writing in the tropics' and in 2002 he founded and continues to edit the online journal etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics (http://www.jcu.edu.au/etropic). PLEASE CLICK.
It was significant that at about the same time the FAESS and JCU generally began to formally focus their research on the tropics. Stephen has written a number of articles and reviews on writing in the tropics for LiNQ and etropic.