Tony Barnstone

California, United States

Tony Barnstone is The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of 16 books and a music CD. His books of poetry include Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014); Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry (BKMK Press. 2009),The Golem of Los Angeles which won the the Poets Prize and the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry (Red Hen Press, 2008), Sad Jazz: Sonnets (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), and Impure: Poems by Tony Barnstone (University Press of Florida, 1998). He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. In 2014 he published a bilingual (Spanish/English selected poems, Buda en Llamas: Antología poética (1999-2012) (Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia) and will publish two anthologies: Dead and Undead Poems (2014) and Human and Inhuman Monstrous Verse (2015). Among his awards are the Poets Prize, Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the California Arts Council, the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry and the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry.  His CD of folk rock/blues songs (in collaboration with singer-songwriters Ariana Hall and John Clinebell, based upon Tongue of War and titled Tokyo Burning) is available on and CD Baby.  




  • Tongue of War: The Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima , BKMK Press (2009)
  • The Golem of Los Angeles , Red Hen Press (2008)
  • Sad Jazz: Sonnets , Sheep Meadow Press (2005)
  • Impure , University Press of Florida (1999)
  • River Merchant’s Wife, poems by Ming Di (translation) , Marick Press (2013)
  • Erotic Chinese Poems (translation) , Everyman Press (2007)
  • The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry: The Full 3000-Year Tradition , Anchor Books (2005)
  • The Art of Writing: Teachings of the Chinese Masters , Shambhala Publications (1996)
  • Out of the Howling Storm: The New Chinese Poetry , Wesleyan University Press (1993)
  • Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Poems of Wang Wei , U. P. of New England (1991)
  • Beast in the Apartment , Sheep Meadow Press (2014)
  • Buddha in Flames: Selected Poems , Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia (2014)
  • Literatures of Asia , Prentice Hall Publishers (2002)
  • Literatures of Asia, Africa and Latin America , Prentice Hall Publishers (1998)
  • Literatures of the Middle East , Prentice Hall Publishers (2002)
  • Buda en Llamas: Antología poética (1999-2012) , Ediciones el Tucan de Virginia (2014)


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(2007)
  • The Poets Prize(2012)
  • Pushcart Prize(2006)
  • California Arts Council(2002)
  • John Ciardi Prize(2007)
  • Benjamin Saltman Award(2006)
  • Strokestown International Poetry Prizes, Grand Prize Winner
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend(2015)


  • The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College (September 1995 - )


  • Doctoral Degree in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley (September 1998)
  • Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from U.C. Berkeley (September 1990)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz (May 1985)

Genres of Interest

Screenwriting, Poetry