Nemec Foster is the author of six collections of poetry, including:
A History of the Body, A Modern Fairy Tale:
The Baba Yaga Poems,
Trying to Balance the Heart, Contemplating the
Living in the Fire Nest, which was a finalist for the Poet's
Prize sponsored by the Roerich Museum in New York City. Her
poems have appeared in more than 250 journals and magazines
in the U.S. and Europe such as The Georgia Review, Nimrod,
and International Poetry Review.
She has won four grants for her poetry from the Michigan Council
for the Arts, a fellowship from the National Writers' Voice
of NYC, and a creative artist grant in literature from ArtServe
Michigan. Her latest books of poems, Amber Necklace from
was nominated for the Laughlin Award from the Academy of American
Poets, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Levis Reading Prize.
In 2003, it was selected as a finalist for the Ohio Book Award
Foster received her
B.A. from Aquinas College and her M.F.A. in creative writing
from Goddard College in Vermont. She has taught poetry workshops
throughout Michigan and currently lives in Grand Rapids. In 2003,
she was selected to be that city's first poet laureate.
"What strikes me about the work of Linda Nemec Foster
beyond the large heart that pulses through her lines, is the
metaphoric richness and fascination with language that shape
her immigrant chronicles set in Poland and America. A deft
storyteller, Foster brings wit, empathy, and a precise eye
for detail as she speaks for the rituals of family and the
sorrows of the dispossessed. [Amber Necklace from Gdansk]
is a powerful collection of poems and deserves a wide audience."
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