Insects and Cigarettes: from Pulp Sonnets
Tony Barnstone & Amin Mansouri
Tony Barnstone is the Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College and the author of 16 books and a music CD. His most recent books of poetry include Beast in the Apartment (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki, winner of the John Ciardi Prize in Poetry (BKMK Press. 2009). He has served as the Visiting Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing in the MFA Program at Bowling Green State University and as the Visiting Professor of Translation in the Ph.D. Program at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose and an editor of literary textbooks. Among his awards are the Poets Prize, Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival, and the Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
Amin Mansouri is an illustrator, painter, photographer, poet, songwriter, and college professor and has published more than seven books of self-illustrated poetry. He has had more than ten international individual exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia, Tehran and Isfahan, Iran; more than seventy international team exhibitions in Beirut’s art museum, Lebanon, Museum of Contemporary Art of Tehran and Isfahan in Iran. He also has designed theater stages for more than twelve professional performances in Tehran. He is an art professor at the University of Tehran, University of Karaj, Iran and many other private art schools.