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Distinguished Visiting Writer Tony Barnstone

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 24, 2008

Poet Tony Barnstone is this year’s College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer for the Creative Writing program.

This semester, Barnstone is in residence and teaching poetry workshops. He is Professor of English at Whittier College. His books include Sad Jazz: Sonnets; Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone; The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry; Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry; Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei; The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters; and the textbooks Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin America, Literatures of Asia, and Literatures of the Middle East.

Born in Middletown, Connecticut, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Barnstone lived for years in Greece, Spain, Kenya and China before taking his Masters in English and Creative Writing and Ph.D. in English Literature at U.C. Berkeley. His poetry, translations, essays on poetics, and fiction have appeared in dozens of American literary journals, from APR to Agni.

He has won fellowships and poetry awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Contest, the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, the National Poetry Competition (Chester H. Jones Foundation), the Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry, the Cecil Hemley Award, and the Poetry Society of America. In 2006 he won the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry for his manuscript The Golem of Los Angeles, which will be published by Red Hen Press in early 2008. His forthcoming books are a translation of Chinese Erotic Poetry for Everyman Press and a translation of the selected poems of Han Shan. He is currently marketing two new books of poems and a critical book titled The Poetics of the Machine Age: William Carlos Williams and Technological Modernism.

Tonight at 7:30 pm you can catch Tony reading from his work at Prout Chapel, here on campus.

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