Rodrigo Toscano

Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry, The Charm and The Dread (Fence Books), appeared in spring 2021. His previous books include In Range (Counterpath Press, 2019), Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, 2017), Deck of Deeds (Counterpath, 2012), Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection; Fence Books, 2008), To Leveling Swerve (Krupskaya, 2004), Platform (Atelos, 2003), Partisans (O Books, 2019), and The Disparities (Green Integer, 2002). His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He won the Edwin Markham 2019 prize for poetry. Toscano’s poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian, and Catalan. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, National Day Laborers Organizing Network, and Northwest tribes (Umatilla, Cayuse, Yakima, Nez Perce) working on educational/training projects that involve environmental and labor justice and health and safety culture transformation. He is currently working on essential worker COVID training and vaccination networking nationwide. Toscano lives in New Orleans.