Jeanne Foster


Berkeley, CA 94709

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 Emerita 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 Emerita at the University of Verona. The translations, The Living Theater, will appear from BOA Editions (Fall 2017). Her latest poetry collection is Goodbye, Silver Sister (Northwestern University Press 2015). 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.

Publications & Prizes

Appetite: Food as Metaphor (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2002)
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)
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Hudson Review
Literary Imagination
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Paris Review
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Finalist in the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest 2015. Nominated for Pushcart Prize. 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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Italian, Spanish
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New Orleans, LA
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Last update: Jan 04, 2017