Linda Nemec Foster

March 26, 1999
January 23 , 2004

Linda Nemec Foster

Linda 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 Heavens, and 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 Gdansk, 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 in Poetry.


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." -Colette Inez

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