After leaving school at fourteen, Connor served in the Royal Army as a tank gunner, and later worked as a textile designer and in radio and television in Manchester in the 1960s. From 1971 until he retired in 1999 Connor was professor of English at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He lives in Middletown and London. He was a close friend of the English writer J.G. Ballard and remains close friends with Michael de Larrabeiti. One section of Connor's 2006 anthology Things Unsaid is dedicated to de Larrabeiti; de Larrabeiti's 1992 book Journal of a Sad Hermaphrodite is dedicated to Connor, and includes one of his poems.
- With Love Somehow (1962)
- Lodgers (1965)
- Kon in Springtime (1968)
- In the Happy Valley (1971)
- The Memoirs of Uncle Harry (1974)
- New and Selected Poems (Connor) (1982)
- Spirits of the Place (1986)
- Metamorphic Adventures (1996)
- Things Unsaid: Selected Poems 1960-2005 (Anvil Press Poetry, 2006)
- John Anthony (Tony) Connor fonds at University of Victoria, Special Collections
Tony Connor * Academy of American Poets.
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