G.R. Tomaini


Manhattan, NY

Author's Bio

G.R. Tomaini is a First-Generation LGBTQ Federal McNair Scholar, an author of seven books who currently attends Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan, and a Poetry Editor at The Incognito Press, as well as a Monthly Contributor to the same; thus far, four works of his have been published across three volumes. His academic monograph on Philosophy, entitled Encyclopedia of American Idealism: Entries Toward a Novel Method and System of Philosophy is contracted for its second edition with Rowman & Littlefield, whereas Manticore Press published its first edition; it is prefaced by Cornel West as well as endorsed by Slavoj Žižek. One of Tomaini's six completed full-length poetry manuscripts was recently published by A Thin Slice of Anxiety Press -- Ballad of An American Ganymede: Or, Explorations of Queeritude In Fifty Seven Cantos; the work consists of fifty seven poems in the manner of Queer Existentialist Poetry inspired by Heidegger and Sartre. Two more of his other books of poetry recently have been published by Pumpernickel Press, under the title: The Rainbow Cantos: Two Attempts At Queering The Canon; the two works of poetry that were published in the same volume are Kiss Me, Ahab!: A Queer Novella Across One Hundred and Twenty Cantos and Gayowulf: An LGBTQ Epic Poem Inspired By Beowulf. Tomaini’s poems are featured in Outcast Press's magazine, Selcouth Station Press's journal, Agapanthus Collective's poetry line-up,  Roi Fainéant Press's website, in a mini-publication by The Incognito Press, in an anthology published by the American Writers Review, and most recently, on Expat Press’s website. Two of Tomaini's as of yet unaccepted poetry works are The Phenomenology of Hope: A Postmodern Autobiography In Sixty One Sonnets and Crucifixion of the Rose: Or, 108 Flowers of Malaise. Two of Tomaini's most celebrated poems are: Ode To My Butt In These Jeans and A Love Poem By Ahab Candomblé. Lastly, Tomaini's sixth poetry book is being published under a pseudonym for dramatic effect. Tomaini is currently in the process of recording several Poetry Albums based on his six books of Poetry. Tomaini's works can be found at grtomaini.com as well as on his Twitter profile, @Gtomaini.

Publications & Prizes

Ballad of an an American Ganymede: Or, Explorations of Queeritude In Fifty Seven Cantos (Anxiety Press, 2022)
The Rainbow Cantos: Two Attempts at Queering the Canon (Pumpernickel House Publishing, 2022)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Catullus, Juvenal, Emily Dickinson, Charles Baudelaire, Walt Whitman, Constantine Cavafly, Federico Garcia Lorca, Sylvia Plath, Wallace Stevens, Allen Ginsburg, Adrienne Rich, and Mark Doty.
What I'm reading now: 
Science of Logic by G.W.F. Hegel, Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
American, Arab American, British, European American, Franco American, German American, Irish American, Italian American, LGBTQ, Spanish American, White
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, LGBTQ, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Long Branch, NJ
New Jersey
Raised in: 
Asbury Park, NJ
New Jersey
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Last update: Jan 12, 2023