Tobias Wray


Tobias Wray is the award-winning author of No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man.

Tobias Wray Headshot - Photo Credit: Rachel Kincaid
Photo credit: Rachel Kincaid

Tobias Wray’s first poetry collection was selected by Randall Mann for the Lighthouse Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press. Poems, reviews, and other writing appear widely in literary journals, including BlackbirdBellingham Review, Meridian, Third CoastWasafiri: International Contemporary WritingSpoon River Poetry ReviewHunger Mountain, and The Georgia Review. His work has also been anthologized in The Queer Nature Anthology (Autumn House Press) and The Queer Movement Anthology of Literatures (Seagull Books).

Tobias Wray has served as a poetry editor for Cream City Review and, until 2017, helped to coordinate Eat Local :: Read Local, a program that partners restaurants with poets from Milwaukee and Madison. From 2009 to 2013, he also organized the 9 by the Light reading series in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he was a James A. Sappenfield Fellow. He also holds an MFA in Poetry and Translation from the University of Arkansas’s Program in Creative Writing and Translation, as well as a BA in Creative Writing and French Literature from the University of Minnesota.

He currently directs the Creative Writing Programs at the University of Idaho on the Palouse, where he lives with his hiking partner, Andy.

Winner of the Cleveland State University Press

Lighthouse Poetry Prize, 2020


No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man

Lighthouse Poetry Series
Cleveland State University Press, 2021


Queer Nature Anthology

Edited by Michael Walsh and James Crews
Featuring the poem “Turing’s Theories Regarding Homosexuality”
Autumn House Press, 2021

The Queer Movement Anthology of Literatures

Edited by Mark Anthony Cayanan, Sarah Clark, and B.B.P Hosmillo
Featuring the poem “Each of Us Chimera”
Seagull Books, distributed through University of Chicago Press, 2021

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