About Jennifer

Photography by Richard Blue Cloud Castaneda


Jennifer Elise Foerster received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2007) and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2003). From 2008-2010, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, along with fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, Caldera Arts, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center. Foerster's first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013, and was a Shortlist Finalist for the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. Of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent, Jennifer is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Jennifer grew up living internationally, and now lives in San Francisco while concurrently pursuing her PhD in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Other Bios for Reference:

Poetry Foundation Bio

University of Denver Bio


March 2016:
International Writing Program, University of Iowa releases Featured Collection: Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia, United States

April 1, 2015:
Read This Poem with Poets.org and 826 Valencia

April 1, 2015:
"San Francisco poet chosen to kick off Read This Poem project"
By John McMurtrie, SFGate

June 17, 2014:
Shortlists Announced for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards | PEN American Center


Kweli Journal (live link here)
IAIA Alumni Profile
Indian Country Today
Words for Writers, Interview with Marissa Bell Toffoli


Red Indian Road West
Please Excuse This Poem
Sing (University of Arizona Press, 2013)
New California Writing 2011 (Heyday Press, 2011)
Turtle Island to Abya Yala (Malinalli Press, 2011)

Journal Publications:

Colorado Review - "Inheritance" and "Wallpaper" - Fall 2016
Eleven Eleven - "The Painter" - Fall 2016
The Brooklyn Rail - "Land Art" - Spring 2016
Past Simple - "The Sounding" and "Earth Gallery" - Spring 2016
Visible Binary -"Two Spells" - February 2016
Academy of American Poets - "Relic" - 2015
OAR - "Moonlight in the Last Kingdom" and "Fuchsia" - December 2015
Mud City Review - "Catch" - Summer 2015
Ghost Town - "Apricots" - Summer 2015
Yellow Medicine Review - "The Old Woman and the Sea" - Spring 2015
Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics -The Sounding, Number 7 -Spring/Summer 2015
TriQuarterly Review - "Refrain" - January 20, 2015
Asian American Literary Review: Special Issue on Mixed Race: A Mixology/Indigeneity
Black Renaissance Noire, Volume 13. October 2013

Indian Country Today - 'Leaving Tulsa,' a Poem by Jennifer Foerster, June 28, 2013

As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Issue 2 - June 2013

THEthe Poetry Blog: Poem of the Week - March 1, 2013

Prairie Schooner, Vol. 86, No. 4 - Winter 2012
Zzyzzyva, Vol. 28, No. 2 - Fall 2012
Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, 2012
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2011
Drunken Boat, Issue 15, 2011
Drunken Boat, Issue 11, 2010
Kweli Journal, 2010
Parthenon West Review, Issue Seven, 2010
Southwestern American Literature, 2009
Alehouse Press, 2008
Many Mountains Moving, 2008
Oregon Literary Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer/Fall 2007
Passages North, 2006
To Topos, Oregon State University, Vol. 9, 2006
Shenandoah, 2005
Cream City Review, 2005
Red Ink Magazine, 2005
Ploughshares, Winter 2004/2005
Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, 2005
Tribal College Journal, 2003