Tony Tost

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Tony Tost (born 1975) is an American poet, critic and screenwriter. His first poetry book Invisible Bride won the 2003 Walt Whitman Award judged by C.D. Wright.[1]

Tost was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in Enumclaw, Washington. He is a graduate of both Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Tost graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas.[2] He also holds a Ph.D. in English from Duke University.[3]

He is the founding editor of the online poetry magazine Fascicle and previously a co-editor and co-founder, with Zachary Schomburg, of Octopus Magazine. His poems and essays have appeared in the literary journals Fence, Hambone, Talisman, Mandorla, No: a journal of the arts, Denver Quarterly, Typo, American Literature, Jacket, Verse, Open Letter and elsewhere.[4]

In 2011, Tost's book on Johnny Cash's American Recordings was published by Continuum Books in their 33 1/3 series on classic albums. Critic Joshua Scheiderman wrote that Tost's book "ultimately belongs in the long, rich tradition of texts like Constance Rourke’s American Humor: A Study of the National Character (1931) and Greil Marcus’s The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes (1997), ostensibly academic studies of American culture but also works of mythopoesis in their own right."[5]

Tost is the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Damnation, debuting October 2017 on USA Network and Netflix.[6] Before that, Tost was a writer and producer for five seasons on the A&E and Netflix television series Longmire.[7] He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


  • Invisible Bride (2004)
  • World Jelly (2005)
  • Complex Sleep (2007)
  • Johnny Cash's American Recordings (criticism, 2011)


  1. ^ Walt Whitman Award Web page from the Academy of American Poets Web site
  2. ^ Academy of American Poets Web site: Tony Tost Exhibit/author page, accessed November 17, 2006
  3. ^ Interview with Lisa Horan at Creative Screenwriting
  4. ^ Author bio at Brown University
  5. ^ A Review of Johnny Cash's American Recordings by Tony Tost at Neo-Americanist: an inter-disciplinary online journal for the study of America
  6. ^ Tost at IMDB
  7. ^ Tony Tost at IMDB