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Tony Barnstone

Tony Barnstone

Author's Bio

Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College. 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. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose. He is also an editor of several world literature literary textbooks. His poetry, translations, essays on poetics, and fiction have appeared in dozens of American literary journals, from APR to Poetry.

Publications and Prizes

Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (BkMk Press-UMKC, 2009), The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008), Chinese Erotic Poems (Everyman, 2007), Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: The Full 300 Year Tradition (Anchor Books, 2005), Literatures of Asia (Prentice Hall, 2003), Impure (University of Florida Press, 1999), Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin America (Prentice Hall, 1998), The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996), Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry (Wesleyan University Press, 1993), Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei (University Press of New England, 1991)
Agni, Literary Review, Nimrod, North American Review
Among his awards are the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, the Poets Prize, a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts, and many others. Recently, he has been doing multimedia work, working with artist Dorothy Tunnell to make a poetry graphic novel, with artist Alexandra Eldridge to make a poetry deck of cards, and with singer-songwriters John Clinebell and Ariana Hall to put out a CD of original music based on his book of WWII poems, Tongue of War (album to be titled Tokyo Burning).

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Middletown, CT
Raised in:
Bloomington, IN

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