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 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. 

My work includes teaching, most recently for the 2020 Frost Place Poetry Seminar, and event organizing–the popular Poetry World Series co-founded with Melissa Stein has been drawing large audiences for 10 years at SF Litquake, Brooklyn Book Festival, and other venues. I also co-produce a local TV show (Rising Voices),  volunteer on the board of Marin Poetry Center, and read fiction for Narrative Magazine. Since 2014, I’ve been the poetry editor Women’s Voices for Change, writing a weekly column that emphasizes diversity and the poetry of women over 40. 

Upcoming Appearances

Date Venue Address
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, but register at https://millvalleylibrary.libcal.com/event/9702579
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.
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://www.santacruzwrites.org/events
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. Learn more at https://twincitiesbookfestival.com
Date: November 6, 2022
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: Bazaar Poetry Reading Series Address: 5927 California St. (at 22nd Ave)
San Francisco, CA
Notes: In-person in Pacific Time - Hosted by Peter Kline, with David Baker at Bazaar Café ) in the mid-Richmond District of San Francisco.
Date: November 10, 2022
7:00pm
Venue: Poetry Flash Virtual Series Reading Address:
Notes: Online via Zoom in Pacific Time - with David Baker, hosted by Joyce Jenkins and Richard Silber
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 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

Recent Appearances

Date Venue Address
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
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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
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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