Tony Trigilio directs the program in Creative Writing/Poetry and co-edits Court Green. His newest books are the poetry collections White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 1 (BlazeVOX Books, forthcoming 2013), and, as editor, Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, forthcoming, 2014). His other books include the poetry collections Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 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 (Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (second edition released in paperback by Southern Illinois University press in 2012) and "Strange Prophecies Anew": Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg (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, 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), Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days (University of Iowa Press, 2010), and The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2006). Tony's critical essays have appeared in the collections Reconstructing the Beats (ed. Jennie Skerl; Palgrave/MacMillan, 2004) and Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (Rutgers University Press, 2002). His articles and book reviews have appeared in journals such as American Literature, Boston Review, The Journal of Beat Studies, Modern Language Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, The William Carlos Williams Review, and others.
He plays in the band Pet Theories, and he recorded and toured as a member of Drumming On Glass. Recent compositions are at: http://www.starve.org/tony-music.html. He also produces and hosts the poetry podcast Radio Free Albion.
Tony holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University in Boston. He received a 2009 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, and is a past recipient of Faculty Development Grants, a Technology Fellows Grant, and a Curriculum Diversity Grant from Columbia College Chicago. He was Columbia College Distinguished Scholar from 2009-2011.