Whittier Professor Launches the "Radiant Tarot"

October 29, 2021

photo of Radiant Tarot: Pathway to Creativity deckProfessor of English Tony Barnstone will be in New York City next week to launch his latest literary project, the Radiant Tarot: Pathway to Creativity, co-created with artist Alexandra Eldridge. He and Eldridge will be giving a talk at Rizzoli bookstore on November 3.

According to Barnstone, the deck is the result of a 12-year collaboration with Eldridge and is designed as “a creativity tool in which each suit and each card is related to the creative process, with the idea that creativity as applied to one’s life can help you reinvent yourself, just as when applied to the arts.”

The cards themselves are described as “richly painted, at times fantastical, fine art images of plants, animals, and people who co-inhabit a dream-like world.” 

Barnstone is the author of twenty-one books and a music CD. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and is also a distinguished translator of Chinese poetry and literary prose. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize in Poetry, the Poets’ Prize, the Benjamin Saltman Award, the John Ciardi Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.