Poet Tony Barnstone & musician John Clinebell - Selections from "Tongue of War"
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Pima Auditorium - Memorial Union (Room 230)
ASU Tempe campus
Tony Barnstone is 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. 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 prizes 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 was published by Red Hen Press in 2007. He won the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry in 2008 for Tongue of War and won the grand prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, in Strokestown, Ireland, in 2008.
Tony Barnstone will be joined on stage by musician John Clinebell during his Thursday night reading. He is working with Clinebell to turn his book of poems, Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, into a concept album.
Part of the The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing's Distinguished Visiting Writers Series.