Collapsible Poetics Theater

Deck of Deeds
(Counterpath Press

Collapsible Poetics Theater

Collapsible Poetics Theater
(Fence Books, 2008

To Leveling Swerve

To Leveling Swerve
(Krupskaya, 2004)


(Atelos Press, 2003)


The Disparities
(Green Integer, 2002)


(O Books, 1999

Rodrigo Toscano

Partisans (O Books, 1999)
The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002)
Platform (Atelos Press, 2003)
To Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya, 2004)
Collapsible Poetics Theater
(Fence Books, 2007: a National Poetry Series winner)
Deck of Deeds (Counterpath Press, 2012)

Toscano's poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Against Expression, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Poetic Voices Without Borders, and Best American Poetry. Toscano’s Spanish language poetry appears as a book, Globo-Exilio-Ejercito, and in the anthology, Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas. His poetry has appeared Best American Poetry 2004, War and Peace (2004 & 2007), and in the Criminal's Cabinet: An anthology of poetry and fiction (2004), and in McSweeny’s “Poets Picking Poets”. He was a 2005 recipient of a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. Toscano is also the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His polyvocalic pieces, poetics plays, and body-movement poems, have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival, Poet's Theater Jamboree 2007, Links Hall Chicago, and the Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival. His radio pieces have appeared on WPIX FM (New York), KAOS Public Radio Olympia, WFMU, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Catalonian. Toscano is originally from San Diego, California. He has lived in the Greenpoint Township of Brooklyn for the last 14 years. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the National Institute for Environmental Health Science. He works out of a laptop, tethered to a Droid, residing in airports, occupying poetics in midflight.


Readings & Lectures

Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles
Evergreen State University, WA
Universität Tübingen, Germany
King Juan Carlos Center, NYU
Deichmanske bibliotek, Grünerløkka, Oslo, Norway
University of California, Irvine
California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
Links Hall, Chicago
Harvard University
Eastern Michigan University
University of Texas, Dallas &El Paso
Long Beach State University
New York Public Library
Museo Del Barrio, New York
University of California, San Diego
Otis Center for the Arts, Los Angeles
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
Socialist Scholars Conference, NYC
Georgetown University
The Kelly's Writer's House, University of Pennsylvania
Wayne State University, MI
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, NYC
The Drawing Center, NYC
Bennington College, VT
The Nuyorican Poets Café
Small Press Traffic, San Francisco, CA
Slought Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University
The Ear Inn, NYC
San Francisco Center for the Arts
State University of New York at Buffalo
The Book Arts Center, NYC
New Langton Arts Center
The White Box Gallery, NYC
Voz Alta Literary Performance Space
New York University, NY
POG Poetry Foundation, Tuscon, AZ
Bard University, NY
In Your Ear reading Series, Washington DC
Yale University
Mills College, Oakland
Terra Incognita Reading Series, NY
Wordsworth Books, Cambridge, MA
San Diego Poetry Guild
West End Reading Series, Ithaca, NY
Myopic Bookstore Poetry Series, Chicago

Other Publications

62 Unità di prosa scritte da malato (Archipelago Edizioni, 2005), Exilio-Globo-Ejército <a grito> / Globo-Exhilio-Army <to yawp for> (Slack Buddha Press, 2010), Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave Macmillan) Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribners), War and Peace (O Books), An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction (nthosition), Perspektive 43+44: Avantgarde Under Net Conditions (Germany), Kenning Audio Editions, The Noulipian Analects (Les Figues Press, 2007), Poetic Voices Without Borders (Gival Press, 2008)