Toscano is the author of several collections of poetry, including Partisans (1999), The Disparities (2002), and Collapsible Poetics Theater (2008), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series. Collapsible Poetics Theater is also a traveling “test of poetry” for which Toscano serves as artistic director and writer for volunteer performances engaging the intersection of poetry and theater. His plays and body-movement poems have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Links Hall in Chicago, Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival, and elsewhere.
Toscano’s work has been included in the anthologies War and Peace (2007 and 2004), Best American Poetry (2004), and The Criminal’s Cabinet: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction (2004). His work has been translated into several languages, and his radio pieces have aired on stations across the country. Toscano is also the recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry.
Toscano works as a social worker and for New York City’s Labor Institute. He lives in Brooklyn.
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