Tony Barnstone


Tony Barnstone is Professor of English at Whittier College and has a master’s in English and creative writing and a Ph.D. in English literature from UC-Berkeley. His books of poems include The Golem of Los Angeles (Red Hen Press, 2008, winner, Benjamin Saltman Award); Sad Jazz: Sonnets(Sheep Meadow Press, 2005); and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1999), in addition to the chapbook Naked Magic(Main Street Rag). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. His books in these areas include Chinese Erotic Poetry (Everyman, 2007); The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (Anchor, 2005); Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry(Wesleyan, 1993); Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei (UP of New England, 1991); The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters (Shambhala, 1996); and the textbooks Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin AmericaLiteratures of Asia; and Literatures of the Middle East (all from Prentice Hall Publishers). He is the recipient of many national poetry prizes and of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Barnstone has lived in Greece, Spain, Kenya, and China.


First posted: April 1, 2008

Last modified: April 18, 2016