Rodrigo Toscano


2726 Dumaine Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Author's Bio

Rodrigo Toscano is a poet and essayist based in New Orleans. He is the author of ten books of poetry. His latest book is The Charm & The Dread (Fence Books, 2022). His previous books include In Range, Explosion Rocks Springfield, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, andThe Disparities. His poetry has appeared in over 20 anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Best American Experimental Poetry (BAX).  Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He won the Edwin Markham 2019 prize for poetry. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and northwest tribes (Umatilla, Cayuse, Yakama) working on educational / training projects that involve environmental and labor justice culture transformation.

Publications & Prizes

The Charm & The Dread (Fence Books, 2021)
In Range (Counterpath Press, 2019)
Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, 2016)
Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press, 2012)
Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books, 2008)
To Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya, 2004)
Platform (Atelos Press, 2003)
The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002)
Partisans (O Books, 1999)
Prizes won: 

Edwin Markham 2019 Prize for Poetry

2007 National Poetry Series (for Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books)

2005 New York State Fellowship in Poetry

2004 Fund for Poetry 

1999 Fund for Poetry 

More Information

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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
San Diego , CA
Raised in: 
San Diego , CA
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Last update: Apr 19, 2022