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In 1975, Tony Tost was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in Enumclaw, Washington. He is a graduate of Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington, and College of the Ozarks in Pt. Lookout, Missouri. He received his MFA from the University of Arkansas.
His first collection of poems, Invisible Bride (Louisiana State University Press, 2004) was the winner of the 2003 Walt Whitman Award. His second collection, Complex Sleep, was published by University of Iowa Press in 2008.
He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.