Toscano is the author of several collections of poetry, including Partisans (1999), The Disparities (2002), Collapsible Poetics Theater (2008), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series, and Deck of Deeds (2012). 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 Angels of the Americlypse (2014), Against Expression (2011), Diasporic Avant-Gardes (2011), Poetic Voices Without Borders (2009), 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 for the Labor Institute in conjunction the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He lives in the Greenpoint Township of Brooklyn.
Poems By RODRIGO TOSCANO
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May 2014: "Sostahnence"
The editors discuss a poem by Bob Hicok and talk with Michael Robbins about James Dickey; plus, readings from Cynthia Cruz and Rodrigo Toscano.
Psycho-Acoustics: A Discussion of Rodrigo Toscano’s “Poetics”
Hosted by Al Filreis and featuring poets Emily Abendroth, Randall Couch, and Linh Dinh