Torie Amarie DaleTwo-time Pushcart Prize nominee Torie Amarie Dale remembers being told as a child she descended from Irish royalty and that her family’s castle is still there, lying in ruins somewhere in Ireland. In fact, oral stories were a huge part of her childhood and probably helped form her character and writing abilities long before she picked up a pen to write fairy tales for her fourth grade friends. Her mother told Torie stories of both love and pain and revealed how these two feelings often become hopelessly intertwined. These truths helped Torie understand that things are not always black or white. And she believes that even today life’s gray areas leak into her writing adding a unique appeal.

Torie has continued to experiment with her writing and it has taken many forms. Her story “Broken” was adapted into a short film for the 2013 Expecting Goodness Film Festival.  For a Behind the Scenes video click here and for Women Speak Out, our women’s testimonial video extra click here.

She has received awards from the 2012 and 2013 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards program for both short fiction and non-fiction and has placed as a finalist or semi-finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition every year since 2012. Her work has appeared in numerous literary and research journals, including: Iodine Poetry Journal, The Petigru Review, Writers’ Inc., The English Literary File of the University of South Carolina Upstate, and the USC Upstate Undergraduate Research Journal.

In addition, as a survivor of domestic abuse, Torie passionately seeks to change the world by telling her story of abuse and recovery, as well as what it’s like to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Part of that effort includes speaking engagements at area universities and throughout the community. She also reaches out to victims of abuse by teaching sketch journaling classes at her local domestic violence shelter.