Tobias Wray is the award-winning author of No Doubt I Will Return a Different Man.
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 Blackbird, Bellingham Review, Meridian, Third Coast, Wasafiri: International Contemporary Writing, Spoon River Poetry Review, Hunger 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