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Jeanne Foster

Author's Bio

Jeanne Foster was born in Florida and grew up in New Orleans. She now divides her time between Berkeley, where she is Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College and teaches creative writing, and (as often as she can) Le Convertoie, a medieval borgo in Tuscany. She is currently involved in two Italian-centered projects: a memoir of the ballroom dance world in Italy (Her passion is ballroom dancing) and the translation in collaboration with Alan Williamson of selected poems of Bianca Tarozzi, poet and professor at the University of Verona. Jeanne’s poems have appeared in APR, Hudson Review, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, Literary Imagination, and others. She is co-editor with Phyllis Stowell of Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women (BOA). “The First Workshop: a Memoir of James Wright” was published in APR. Her poetry collection, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Her poem “Wild Artichokes” has been nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. She was a finalist in the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2015. Her new collection, Goodbye,Silver Sister, is out from Northwestern University Press (April 2015).

Publications and Prizes

Goodbye, Silver Sister (Northwestern University Press, 2015), A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (Peter Lang Publishing, 1995), A Blessing of Safe Travel (Quarterly Review of Literature, 1980), Great Horned Owl (White Pine Press, 1980)
Appetite: Food as Metaphor (BOA Editions Limited, 2002)
American Poetry Review, Hudson Review, Literary Imagination, Naugatuck River Review, North American Review, Paris Review, TriQuarterly
Finalist, Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2015; Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award; CAPS (Creative Artists' Public Service) Fellowship in Poetry; MacDowell Fellowship in Poetry

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
The Trauma of Everyday Life by Mark Epstein, Money Money Money, Water Water Water by Jane Mead

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Listing last updated: June 1, 2015

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Fluent in:
Italian, Spanish
Born in:
Ocala, FL
Raised in:
New Orleans, LA

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