Toby Altman is the author of Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017) and seven chapbooks, including Every Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg (Except One), winner of the 2018 Ghost Proposal chapbook prize and Antigone without Antigone (Greying Ghost, 2019). His poems can be found in Crazyhorse, Jubilat, Lana Turner, and other journals and anthologies. He holds a PhD in English from Northwestern University, where his dissertation "The Shock of the Old: Periodization, Poetics, and Diachronic Exchange between the Renaissance and the Avant-Garde," received the Jean H. Hagstrum Prize for Best Disertation. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers Workshop, where he holds a 2018-2019 Teaching/Writing Fellowship.
With Emily Barton Altman he is co-host of Make (No) Bones, a poetry podcast. With Liana Katz, he is co-editor of Damask Press, a chapbook press specializing in handcrafted books. He is co-founder of the Iowa City Suitcase Library, a pop-up poetry library, and co-founder of What Happens? an annual festival of Poets' Theater in Iowa City. Between 2012 and 2017, he co-curated the Absinthe and Zygote reading series with Alix Anne Shaw. He has held residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.
I am currently completing two book manuscripts: Discipline Park, a book of poetry about the demolition of Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, and The Diachronic Renaissance: Periodization, Poetics, and the Shock of the Old, a critical monograph about the strange, subterranean connections between Renaissance and avant-garde poetries. Reach me at altman [dot] toby [at] gmail [dot] com. Or follow me on Twitter.