Tonya Foster

2006 EP. NO. 6
ONE OF THE RISING STARS on the New York scene, Tonya Foster is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published in a variety of journals such as nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Lungfull, DrumVoices, the Hat, Gulf Coast, etc. Tonya was an Art/Poetry columnist for the Poetry Project Newsletter and has published non-fiction essays in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies: Free Radicals: American Poets before their First Books, (NY: Subpress, 2004), edited by Jordan Davis and Sarah Manguso; and POeP! (NY: Rattapallax Press, 2001), edited by Edwin Torres and Anselm Berrigan, one of the first eBook literary journals dedicated to innovative poetry. Author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (2002), a Belladonna chapbook, and co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 2002), she is currently completing  A Mathematics of Chaos – a cross-genre, multi-media piece about New Orleans, home and home-buoys; Monkey Talk – an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, surveillance, and need; and A History of the Bitch, a collection of poems.

Foster received her BA in English and Political Science from Newcomb College, Tulane University, her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and is currently a PhD candidate at City University of New York Graduate Center. A recipient of a number of fellowships, notably from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and City University of New York, Foster teaches at Bard College. A native of New Orleans, she writes and resides in Harlem.

Last updated 2009.

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