Linda Nemec Foster

Poet

N/A
Grand Rapids, MI 495064014
Phone: 
616-452-7204

Author's Bio

Linda Nemec Foster is the author of eleven collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (LSU Press), Talking Diamonds (New Issues Press), and The Lake Michigan Mermaid (Wayne State University Press). Her work has been published in numerous magazines and journals such as The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Quarterly West, Witness, New American Writing, North American Review, and Paterson Literary Review. Foster’s poems have also appeared in anthologies from the U.S. and Great Britain, been translated in Poland and Germany, inspired original music compositions, and have been produced for the stage. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and has been honored by the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writer’s Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. From 2003-05, she served as the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2015, she was honored by the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her poetry and advocacy of the literary arts in west Michigan. Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
The Art of Survival (Kings Estate Press, 2014)
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Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry (New Issues Press, 2013)
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Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century (Ridgeway Press, 2013)
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The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home (Holy Cow! Press, 2013)
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Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball (Michigan State University Press, 2012)
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Amazing Women of West Michigan (Eerdmans Publishing, 2006)
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Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes (Michigan State University Press, 2006)
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Modern Poems of Ohio (University of Akron Press, 2002)
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Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry (Wayne State University Press, 2001)
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New Poems From the Third Coast (Wayne State University Press, 2000)
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Contemporary Michigan Poetry (Wayne State University Press, 1988)
Books:
The Lake Michigan Mermaid (Wayne State University Press, 2018)
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Talking Diamonds (New Issues Press, 2009)
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Listen to the Landscape (Eerdmans Publishing, 2006)
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Amber Necklace From Gdansk (Louisiana State University Press, 2001)
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Living in the Fire Nest (Ridgeway Press, 1996)
Chapbooks:
The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte (Cervena Barva Press, 2018)
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Ten Songs from Bulgaria (Cervena Barva Press, 2008)
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Contemplating the Heavens (Ridgeway Press, 2001)
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Trying to Balance the Heart (Sun Dog Press, 1993)
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A Modern Fairy Tale: The Baba Yaga Poems (Ridgeway Press, 1992)
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A History of the Body (Coffee House Press, 1987)
Journals:
America
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Apalachee Review
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Atlanta Review
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Big Scream
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Cheap Pop
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Connecticut Review
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Connecticut River Review
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Driftwood Review
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Eclipse
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Fogged Clarity
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Free Lunch
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I-70 Review
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inch
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KYSO Flash
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New American Writing
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PRESA
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Sou'wester
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The Fox Chase Review
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Two Review
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Prizes won: 

Winner, Michigan Notable Book Award (2019); Winner, Editor’s Choice Award, Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest, Paterson Literary Review (2018); Finalist, New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize (2016); Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry, Dyer-Ives Foundation (2015); Pushcart Prize Nominations (1982-2017); First runner-up, New Letters Poetry Award (2013); Runner-up, I-70 Review's Gary Gildner Poetry Award (2013); Honorable Mention, New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize (2013); Finalist, ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award (2010); Finalist, New Letters Poetry Award (2010); Creative Arts Award, Polish American Historical Association (2008); Finalist, Michigan Governor's Arts Award (2007); Selected to be first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan (2003-2005); Finalist, Ohio Book Award for Poetry (2003); Nominee, Laughlin Award (2002); Creative Artist Grant, ArtServe Michigan (2001); Fellowship, National Writers' Voice (1999); Finalist, Poet's Prize (1997); Creative Artist Grant, Arts Foundation of Michigan (1996); Creative Artist Grants for Poetry, Michigan Council for the Arts (1984, 1990).

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Polish American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Born in: 
Cleveland
Raised in: 
Cleveland, OH
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Last update: Mar 23, 2019