Rebecca Foust

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Rebecca Foust

I grew up in rust belt Pennsylvania, a paradoxical place of farmlands and factories, mountains and strip mines. My twin brother and I were first-generation college, and I graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School. After several decades in Northern California  spent raising children and advocating for students with learning challenges, I left law to pursue writing, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson in 2010.

My seventh book of poetry, ONLY, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2022. The Unexploded Ordnance Bin won the Swan Scythe Poetry Chapbook Award. A book of sonnets, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and was reviewed in the Times Literary SupplementGeorgia ReviewHarvard ReviewHudson Review,  and others. All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize in 2010, the same year a collaboration with artist Lorna Stevens, God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World, won the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry. Mom’s Canoe and Dark Card, consecutive recipients of the Robert Phillips Chapbook Poetry Prize, were released by Texas Review Press in 2008 and 2009.

My poems, book reviews, essays, and short stories are widely published in journals and also anthologies including Healing the Divide: Poems of Kinship and Connection (Green Writers Press 2019); How Lovely the Ruins, Foreword by Elizabeth Alexander (Spiegel & Grau 2017); Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (Pearson 2015); and Literature, A Pocket Anthology (Penguin 2011). 

Recognitions include the 2023 New Ohio Review Prize, runner-up for the 2023 Missouri Review Prize, the 2019 Pablo Neruda Award (judged by Kaveh Akbar),  the 2018 CP Cavafy Award, the 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize (Jane Hirshfield), American Literary Review’s 2015 Fiction Prize (Garth Greenwell), and the 2015 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. I’ve been fortunate to receive fellowships from the Frost Place, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, Sewanee, and the Westchester Poetry Conference and, in 2017, appointment as Marin County Poet Laureate where my “Poetry as Sanctuary” project featured events with immigrant readers. 

I read prose as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine, and enjoy teaching my work and event organizing–the popular Poetry World Series co-founded with Melissa Stein has been drawing large audiences for 12 years at SF Litquake, Brooklyn Book Festival, Mill Valley Library, and other venues. 

Upcoming Appearances/Events

Date Venue Address
Date: April 4, 2024
7:00pm
Venue: Reading with Davis Poet Laureate Julia Levine, hosted by Andy Davis Address: TBA
California
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Davis Poet Laureate Julia Levine, hosted by Andy Davis
Date: May 3, 2024
6:00pm
Venue: Blue Light at the Gallery Reading, hosted by Blue Light Press Address: 1515 3rd Street (corner of E Street)
San Rafael, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Maxine Chernoff & Marsha De la O at Blue Light at the Gallery, hosted by Blue Light Press
Date: May 17, 2024
7:00pm
Venue: Poetry World Series at Mill Valley Library Address: 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Two teams of poets from the Bay Area and beyond take turns batting at poem topics pitched to them by the audience. Emceed by Daniel Handler
Date: May 24, 2024
TBA
Venue: Reading at Four Way Books Benefit, hosted by Martha Rhodes Address: TBA
New York, NY
Notes: In-person in Eastern Time - Reading at Four Way Books Benefit, hosted by Martha Rhodes

Recent Appearances/Events

Date Venue Address
Date: February 27, 2024
TBA -
Venue: Reading with Javier Zamora Address: 10 Elm Street
Northampton, MA
Notes: In-person in Eastern Time - Hosted by Matt Donovan for the The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College.
Date: January 9, 2024
7:00pm -
Venue: Bookshop Santa Cruz reading with Susan Cohen, hosted by Farnaz Fatemi Address: 1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Susan Cohen, hosted by Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate Farnaz Fatemi
Date: November 4, 2023
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Grand Marais Arts Colony North Shore Readers and Writers Festival 2023 Address:
Grand Marais, MN
Notes: In-person in Central Time - Featured Reader at Grand Marais Arts Colony North Shore Readers and Writers Festival 2023 alongside Kate St. Vincent Vogl, Micheal Torres, Lisa Golden Schroeder, Mona Susan Power, and Klecko.
Date: November 2, 2023
9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue: Grand Marais Arts Colony North Shore Readers and Writers Festival 2023 Address:
Grand Marais, MN
Notes: In-person in Central Time - Featured Teacher at Grand Marais Arts Colony North Shore Readers and Writers Festival 2023 - The Contemporary Sonnet: Birdcage and Bird
Date: October 19, 2023
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Venue: In a New York Minute: Readings by Bay Area Four Way Books Authors Address: 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Bay Area authors Susan Browne, Peter Coyote, and Cintia Santana recently or about-to-be published by Four Way Books, an independent publisher celebrating its 25th anniversary
Date: July 30, 2023
9:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Poetry as Craft Workshop Address: 3152 Forest Lake Rd
Pebble Beach, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Faculty with Joseph Millar, Catamaran Writing Conference. July 30-Aug 3rd, 2023 at The Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. Apply at https://catamaranliteraryreader.com/writing-conference-2023
Date: May 21, 2023
2:00pm - 2:15pm
Venue: Poets for Science Reading Address: 173 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Mamahuhu Restaurant, Downtown Mill Valley. Hosted by Meryl Natchez and Marin Poetry Center.
Date: May 12, 2023
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: LA Book Launch of Francesca Bell’s What Small Sound Address: 681 Venice Blvd
Venice, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Francesca Bell, Douglas Manuel and Suzanne O'Connell. Host: Jimmy Vega.
Date: May 9, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: The Hive Live! presents Rebecca Foust and Zeina Hashem Beck Address: 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Bookshop Santa Cruz reading with Zeina Hashem Beck. Masks are required to attend.
Date: May 1, 2023
11:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: Talk on “The Contemporary Sonnet” Address: Kirby Plaza 309, UMD
Duluth MN
Notes: In-person in Central Time - Talk on “The Contemporary Sonnet” at the University of Minnesota.
Date: April 14, 2023
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Poetry World Series Address: 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Daniel Handler returns to emcee the 9th Poetry World Series, where baseball and poetry collide to create a fabulous and wacky literary event.
Date: April 8, 2023
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Redwood Writers Poetry Workshop Address: Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - What makes work--a poem, short story or essay--"good" and--not always the same thing!--what makes it publishable? Hosted by Les Bernstein.
Date: March 30, 2023
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue: Marin Poetry Center High School Arts Mashup Address: 1501 Tiburon Blvd
Tiburon, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with Erin Rodini at youth visual arts and poetry exhibition, organized by Marin Poetry Center in collaboration with Belvedere-Tiburon Library.
Date: March 10, 2023
11:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Book Signing with Four Way Books Address: Seattle Convention Center
Seattle, WA
Notes: In-Person in Pacific Time - Book signing at Booth #803 with Rigoberto González and Eugenia Leigh at AWP 2023 Seattle.
Date: March 9, 2023
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Four Way Books Reading Address: 1427 Western Ave
Seattle, WA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Four Way Books reading at Seattle Beer Co. as part of AWP 2023 Seattle.
Date: February 23, 2023
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: An Evening With Poet Laureates Address: 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Reading with California Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick & San Francisco Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin. Organized by Marin Poetry Center in collaboration with Mill Valley Library.
Date: January 21, 2023
5:00pm - 5:50pm
Venue: The Poetry Show Address:
Boise, Idaho
Notes: Online in Mountain Time - ONLY featured on “The Poetry Show” on KRBX/Radio Boise 89.9/93.5 FM, hosted by DJ Daphne.
Date: November 13, 2022
TBA -
Venue: East Bay Book Launch Address: 5743 A Horton Street
Emeryville, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - with Susan Cohen, hosted by former Poet Laureate of Emeryville Sarah Kobrinsky at Jered's Pottery
Date: November 12, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue: North Bay Book Launch Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - with Susan Cohen at Book Passage
Date: November 10, 2022
7:00pm -
Venue: Poetry Flash Virtual Series Reading Address: Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - with David Baker, hosted by Joyce Jenkins and Richard Silber. For more information: 510-649-1320
Date: November 6, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Bazaar Writers Salon Address: 5927 California St. (at 22nd Ave)
San Francisco, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Readings by David Baker, William Brewer, Rebecca Foust, Page Hill Starzinger, and Ryann Stevenson. Hosted by Peter Kline. At Bazaar Café in the mid-Richmond District of San Francisco.
Date: October 15, 2022
10:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL Address: 1265 Snelling Ave N
St Paul, Minnesota
Notes: In-person in Central Time - New Authors’ Showcase at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I will be selling books and meeting people from 12-1 pm. Learn more at https://twincitiesbookfestival.com
Date: October 14, 2022
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Zoom Forward! Reading Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Zoom Forward! online literary series reading with Susan Cohen hosted by Hannah Hutton. To register, sign up for the mailing list at https://mailchi.mp/santacruzwrites/zoomforward92
Date: October 8, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: SF Litquake POETRY WORLD SERIES for Yerba Buena Night Address: 342 Rome Street
San Francisco, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Emceed by Daniel Handler, with umps D.A. Powell and TBA, and players Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Rebecca Foust, Sam Sax, Shelley Wong, and others. Watch "Election Returns 2016": https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AvXBO3GNuF82giSmBj9ZkqGE4l5K0kJ_/view?usp=sharing
Date: October 6, 2022
7:00pm -
Venue: Marin Poetry Center New Books Showcase & Reading Address: 375 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - hosted by Amanda Moore, at the Mill Valley Library. Fourteen MPC poets each read a poem to introduce their new books. Event is free. Watch "Only": https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AvXBO3GNuF82giSmBj9ZkqGE4l5K0kJ_/view?usp=sharing
Date: September 21, 2022
7:00pm -
Venue: Four Way Books Virtual Book Launch Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Eastern Time - Hosted by White Whale books, with Yesenia Montilla, Soren Stockman, and Anthony Cappo. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-launch-four-way-books-fall-2022-montilla-stockman-foust-cappo-registration-403158055597?fbclid=IwAR1U2QjvMLKHscFS38Spzhnos6V3WbWtMRGtgkHS6fqApcqKMwsfh5iA5qE
Date: September 11, 2022
4:00pm -
Venue: Javier Zamora Reading Address: 51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - “In conversation” with former student, the poet Javier Zamora reading from his new book, a memoir entitled SOLITO, at Book Passage.
Date: August 14, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Second Sunday Poetry Series Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Hosted by Siân Killingsworth, with David Baker and Stephen Thomas Roberts. Register at https://bit.ly/3yXdUuI
Date: August 14, 2022
8:00pm -
Venue: The Hive Poetry Collective Address:
Notes: Hive Poetry Collective airs radio show on KQSD of reading with Susan Cohen, hosted by Dion O’Reilly
Date: August 9, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Coastside Poetry Address:
Half Moon Bay, CA
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Coastside Poetry Zoom reading hosted by Diane Lee Moomey and Steve Long. Register by sending an email to sklong77@gmail.com
Date: April 26, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Poetic License Sonoma Reading Address: 282 South High Street
Sebastopol, CA
Notes: In person in Pacific Time - “Ars Poetica” with special guest poet, Rebecca Foust, with presenting poets: Joseph Cutler, Susanne Arrhenius, Paul DeMarco, Leo McCloskey, Steve Trenam, Judith Vaughn, Jaime Zukowski, Kusum Irene Jain
Date: April 23, 2022
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Venue: Lit Balm: An Interactive Livestream Reading Series Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Eastern Time - 50 Years of Ploughshares Poetry: A celebration of the Winter '21-'22 issue featuring Rebecca Foust, Tatiana Johnson-Boria, John Okrent, Kwame Dawes, John Skoyles, and DeWitt Henry
Date: March 28, 2022
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Javier Zamora Reading Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Eastern Time - Friends of Writers is pleased to host a special featured reading with poet and memoirist, Javier Zamora. Zamora will read from his forthcoming memoir, SOLITO and there will be a short Q&A to follow. Poet and Warren Wilson alum, Rebecca Foust will give an introduction to Javier and his work.
Date: March 3, 2022
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Venue: Poetry Evening at Becket Athenaeum Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Eastern Time - Readings by and Q&A with the poets Rebecca Foust, Chloe Martinez, and Victoria Bosch Murray. Moderated by Jayne Benjulian, founder of the Berkshire Writers Project. Funded by Central Berkshire Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Fairfield County's Community Foundation.
Date: January 15, 2022
8:00pm - 9:30pm
Venue: Poets Celebrating No Borders with Mirrors and Windows Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Eastern Time - Reading with other contributors to the new anthology Mirrors and Windows edited by Canadian poet Anna Yin. Hosted by Cultural Influences on Poetry and Translation & Chinese Professionals Association of Canada.
Date: April 15, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Venue: Poetry and Narrative Medicine Series Address:
Notes: Poetry and Medicine Series hosted by Owen Lewis and the Stockbridge Library, with Jennifer Franklin
Date: March 6, 2021
10:20am - 11:20am
Venue: AWP Panel: Bending the Arc Toward Justice Address:
Notes: Poetry on the Law with George Higgins, Kathleen McClung, Laura Schulkind, and Lynne Thomson. Four practicing or "recovering" attorneys and a jury forewoman read poems on the legal system and the people who strive for justice within and beyond the courtroom. See online schedule.
Date: March 4, 2021
- -
Venue: AWP Offsite Reading Address:
Notes: AWP Offsite reading “Show Me State Lit Mags,” with poets representing The Missouri Review, Laurel Review, Bear Review, New Letters, Boulevard, and River Styx.
Date: February 13, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: Marin Poetry Center Building Bridges Book Club Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Discussion leader, reading Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude; register online on Mill Valley Library Events page. Order at https://bookshop.org/shop/MPC
Date: January 18, 2021
4:30pm -
Venue: Smith College Address:
Notes: Presentation on poems by Camille Dungy, Rebecca Foust, and Adrienne Rich, Camille from The Map of Every Lilac Leaf: Poets Respond to the Smith College Museum of Art.
Date: November 15, 2020
10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Great Books of San Francisco Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - “Poetry & Form” lecture (10-12 am PST) and Interactive Reading and Interview conducted by Cathy Shea (2-4 pm PST). I will also host an OPEN MIC on SAT 11/14 at 6 pm PST. Register online.
Date: November 6, 2020
6:00pm -
Venue: Blue Light Press Reading Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - with Ellery Akers and Maxine Chernoff, hosted by Diane Frank. Registration details TBA.
Date: November 1, 2020
- -
Venue: Coastside Poetry Panel on the Sonnet Address:
Notes:
Date: October 22, 2020
4:00pm -
Venue: Nimrod Journal Conference for Readers and Writers Address:
Notes: Reading for Pablo Neruda Prize, CANCELLED due to Covid-19
Date: October 21, 2020
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Poetry and Patient Care: Fine-Tuning Our Listening Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - with Jim Ferris and Kate Daniels and hosted by Owen Lewis at American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry’s 67th Annual Meeting, Session ID: 23165. Register Online.
Date: October 17, 2020
- -
Venue: Nimrod 2020 Pablo Neruda Awards Address:
Notes: Reading with Janine Certo
Date: October 11, 2020
1:00pm -
Venue: 15th Anniversary Celebration for Press 53 Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Reading with Marjorie Hudson. Registration details TBA.
Date: October 10, 2020
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: Marin Poetry Center Building Bridges Book Club Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Discussion leader, reading John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books 2020); register online at Mill Valley Events page
Date: October 6, 2020
4:30pm -
Venue: Book launch reading Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - The Map of Every Lilac Leaf: Poets Respond to the Smith College Museum of Art, with Gina Franco, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Jessica Jacobs, Gail Mazur, and Abe Louise Young. Register online.
Date: October 2, 2020
- -
Venue: Blue Light Press reading with Maxine Kumin and Ellery Akers Address:
Notes:
Date: September 20, 2020
7:00pm -
Venue: Petaluma Poetry Walk Address:
Notes: Reading hosted by Sandra Anfang at Aqus Café, CANCELLED due to wildfires
Date: September 20, 2020
- -
Venue: Book Launch for The Exkphrastic Writer, ed. Janee Baugher Address:
Notes:
Date: August 3, 2020
4:00pm -
Venue: The Frost Place Poetry Seminar Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - Reading with Patricia Smith