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Tonya M. Foster

Poet, essayist, and educator Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; the chapbook A History of the Bitch (forthcoming, Sputnik and Fizzle2020); and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her next poetry collection, Thingification is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2021. Monkey Talk, a multi-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthetics and surveillance is in development with support from a 2020 Creative Capital Foundation grant. Dr. Foster is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine. A recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ford and the Mellon Foundations, the Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and from New York Foundation for the Arts, she has been an artist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora, at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and at Macdowell. A 2020-2021 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, Tonya holds the George and Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University. She was raised in New Orleans, and her family goes generations back in Louisiana.


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