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April 3, 2007

Poet Tony Barnstone to Speak at Farmingdale State College

Tony Barnstone
Tony Barnstone
Tony Barnstone is an associate professor of creative writing and English at Whittier College in California . His poetry, fiction, essays and translations have been published in dozens of major American journals. His books include: Sad Jazz: Sonnets , Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone, The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry, Out of the Howling Storm, and Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang We.

Pulitzer Prize finalist and poet Rodney Jones says of Mr. Barnstone's work, "Tony Barnstone unabashedly celebrates bodily joy and pokes the backside of everything prudish and puritanical. He is a poet of profound amusement, a spirit accountant, an heir to Whitman, Basho and Neruda. He works in many styles, but his hallmark is a deep and truculent honesty, a desire to bring secrets into the open. Impure is a first book to revere."

Born in Middletown , Connecticut and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Barnstone lived for years in Greece, Spain, Kenya and China before taking his Master's in English and Creative Writing and PhD in English Literature at the University of California at Berkeley.