Past president of Writers@Work, Sylvia's novel, The Scorpion's Tail won the 2005 Miguel Marmol Prize, awarded annually by Curbstone Press for the best debut work in fiction by a Latino/a writer.
She is the daughter of an Argentine father and American mother. She was born and raised in Ohio and lives and writes in Salt Lake City, conducting biology research in her spare time. With a PhD in biology, Torti's research has taken her to Africa, South America and Chiapas on the eve of the Zapatista rebellion.
Sylvia Torti's "The Scorpion's Tail" won the 2005 Miguel Marmol Prize, awarded annually by Curbstone Press for the best debut work in fiction by a Latino/a writer. This suspense-filled novel explores struggles of indigenous people in southern Mexico during the Zapatista rebellion. "The Scorpion's Tail" encompasses both the point of view of Amy, a young US biologist inadvertently caught up in the rebellion, and that of Chan Nah K'in, an insurgent woman guerrilla. It explores the dilemma of the Hach Winik people caught between their traditional life and the modern world, where they must take aggressive political and military action to preserve their very existence. "The Scorpion's Tail" is also an initiation story-Amy is plunged into the social realities of Mexico, an experience that shatters her neat, isolated world of science and changes her life forever.