Tony Trigilio is the author of the poetry collections White Noise (forthcoming, Apostrophe Books, 2013), Historic Diary (BlazeVOX Books, 2011) and The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006); the chapbooks With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag Press, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (e-chap, Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007) and "Strange Prophecies Anew" (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000). With Tim Prchal, he co-edited the anthology, Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008).
His poems have been anthologized widely, including most recently in The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta Press, 2012), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012), City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2012), Villanelles (Knopf/Everyman’s Library, 2012), and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days (U of Iowa P, 2010), among others.
He has published critical essays in Reconstructing the Beats (ed. Jennie Skerl; Palgrave/ MacMillan, 2004) and Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (ed. Ronna Johnson and Nancy Grace; Rutgers University Press, 2002). Tony's articles and book reviews also have appeared in journals such as American Literature, Another Chicago Magazine, Boston Review, Milk magazine, Modern Language Studies, and Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. His creative nonfiction essays appeared regularly in the Journal of the Cosmic Baseball Association.
He holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University in Boston. While living in Boston, Tony edited Lotus Arrow, the newsletter of the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, and was one of the founding members of the Fenway Skills Exchange, a grass-roots alternative economic system for the Fenway neighborhood.
A recipient of a 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, he has taught since 1999 at Columbia College Chicago, where he directs the program in Creative Writing/Poetry and co-edits, with David Trinidad, the poetry magazine Court Green. He also has served as a Visiting Faculty member in the July Program at Bennington College. His Columbia College Chicago courses can be found at starve.org/teaching/classes.html.
Updated March 2, 2013