Tony Barnstone

13406 Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90608
562-907-4200 ext. 4335

Author's Bio

Tony Barnstone is Chair of English at Whittier College and the author of 18 books and a music CD. His books of poetry include Pulp Sonnets (Tupelo Press, 2015); Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014); Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry (BKMK Press. 2009),The Golem of Los Angeles which won the the Poets Prize and the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry (Red Hen Press, 2008), Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. He has published a bilingual (Spanish/English selected poems, Buda en Llamas: Antología poética (1999-2012) (Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia) and two anthologies of monster poems from the Epic of Gilgamesh to today: Dead and Undead Poems (2014) and Human and Inhuman Monstrous Verse (2015). His CD of folk rock/blues songs (in collaboration with singer-songwriters Ariana Hall and John Clinebell, based upon Tongue of War and titled Tokyo Burning) is available on and CD Baby.

Publications and Prizes

Beast in the Apartment
(Sheep Meadow Press, 2014)
, Buda en Llamas/Buddha in Flames
(Ediciones El Tucan de Virginia, 2014)
, Chinese Erotic Poems
(Everyman, 2007)
, Impure
(University of Florida Press, 1999)
, Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei
(University Press of New England, 1991)
, Literatures of Asia
(Prentice Hall, 2003)
, Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin America
(Prentice Hall, 1998)
, Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry
(Wesleyan University Press, 1993)
, Sad Jazz: Sonnets
(Sheep Meadow Press, 2005)
, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: The Full 300 Year Tradition
(Anchor Books, 2005)
, The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters
(Shambhala, 1996)
, The Golem of Los Angeles
(Red Hen Press, 2008)
, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki
(BkMk Press-UMKC, 2009)
Agni, Literary Review, Nimrod, North American Review
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Among his awards are the Poets Prize, Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry and the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry.

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Bloomington, IN
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Last updated: Oct 30, 2015