English and Creative Writing

Tony Trigilio


624 S Michigan, Rm 800G
Phone: (312) 369-8138
Email: ttrigilio@colum.edu


Tony Trigilio is a Professor in the Poetry Program. His most recent book is Inside the Walls of My Own House (BlazeVOX [books], 2016), the second installment of his multivolume poem, The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). His selected poems, Fuera del Taller del Cosmos, translated by Bony Hernández, is forthcoming in 2018 from Guatemala's Editorial POE. He is editor of Dispatches from the Body Politic (Essay Press, 2016) and Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014), and co-editor of Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008). His other books of poetry include Book 1 of The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood)  (BlazeVOX [books], 2014), White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011) and The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006), and 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). He is the author of two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) and "Strange Prophecies Anew": Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000). He co-edits Court Green, and is an Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

His poems have been anthologized widely, including most recently in The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), Poems Dead and Undead (Knopf/Everyman's Library, 2014), Obsessions: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century (Dartmouth College Press, 2014),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), and Villanelles (Knopf/Everyman's Library, 2012). His 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 (ed. Ronna C. Johnson and Nancy M. Grace; 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 played in the band Pet Theories from 2012-2016, 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.

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 Chicago Distinguished Scholar from 2009-2011. He chaired Columbia's Creative Writing Department from 2015-2017, and he directed Columbia's Poetry Programs (BA and MFA) from 2012-2015 and 2006-2009.


B.A., English Kent State University 1988
M.A., English Northeastern University 1990
Ph.D., English Northeastern University 1997

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