Poet Jennifer Foerster in conversation with Denise Low
Sunday, October 9, 7:00PM
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THE 222 presents Indigenous Voices; literary events that celebrate the work of two award-winning Indigenous American poets, and explore language, culture, and experiences from a Native artist’s perspective. Prize-winning poet and Healdsburg resident Denise Low (of European and Lenape/Munsee heritage,) will host these remarkably accomplished women through conversation, readings and an opportunity for book signings.
"Merging the poetic with the prophetic, Foerster offers a startling vision of how to navigate this broken world and its resilient beauty." ~ Rigoberto González, Rutgers MFA Director
Nationally known poet Jennifer Foerster reads from her latest book and joins Healdsburg poet Denise Low in a conversation about inner workings of the poetry world, plus Indigenous experience. Foerster, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, explores the language and culture of her heritage in her writings. Other themes include ecology, history, and the human capacity for violence.
As an assistant to former U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, Foerster has unique insights into the workings of today’s poetry world. What is the work of a national poet laureate? How do poetry and political commitment intersect? These are questions Foerster will explore in conversation.
Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of three books of poetry, The Maybe-Bird (The Song Cave, 2022), Bright Raft in the Afterweather (University of Arizona Press, 2018), and Leaving Tulsa (University of Arizona Press, 2013) and served as the Associate Editor of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford, holds a PhD in Literary Arts from the University of Denver, and teaches Poetry at the Rainier Writing Workshop among other programs. She has served as the literary assistant to the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. She was asked to be part of the founding board of Indigenous Native Poets in 2020. Foerster grew up living internationally, is of European (German/Dutch) and Mvskoke descent and is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She lives in San Francisco. http://jenniferfoerster.com/
Denise Low, Kansas Poet Laureate 2007-09, won the Editor’s Choice Red Mountain Press Poetry Award for Shadow Light. Other publications are hybrid memoirs The Turtle’s Beating Heart: One Family’s Story of Lenape Survival (U. of Nebraska Press, Ks. Notable Book) and Jigsaw Puzzling: Essays in a Time of Pestilence (Meadowlark, Sept. 2022); Wing (Red Mountain, Hefner Heitz Award finalist); Casino Bestiary (Spartan); and Jackalope (fiction, Red Mountain). She is co-author of Northern Cheyenne Ledger Art by Fort Robinson Breakout Survivors (U. of Nebraska Press). Her PhD in literature and creative writing is from the University of Kansas, and her MFA is from Wichita State. At Haskell Indian Nations University, she founded the creative writing program. She teaches for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Board memberships include Indigenous Native Poets (In-Na-Po) and Associated Writers and Writing Programs (past president and contributing editor). Her heritage includes British Isles, German, and Lenape/Munsee (Delaware). She lives in California’s Sonoma County. www.deniselow.net
In the spirit of truth, equity and inclusion of all community members, THE 222 recognizes that our building is on the traditional territories of Miwok and Pomo people.