About Jennifer

Photography by Richard Blue Cloud Castaneda


Jennifer Elise Foerster is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and received her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship (2017), a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship (2014), and was a Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry at Breadloaf (2017) and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford (2008-2010). She has also received fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, Caldera Arts, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Hermitage Artist Retreat. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, she teaches at the IAIA MFA Low-Residency Program, and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth in Oklahoma. Jennifer is the author of Leaving Tulsa, (2013) and Bright Raft int the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press. This spring, she will be completing her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver. Jennifer grew up living internationally and now lives in San Francisco.

Other Bios for Reference:

Academy of American Poets

Institute of American Indian Arts MFA Program

Poetry Foundation

University of Denver


December 2017:
Poetry Across the Nations: Seattle, WA

December 2017:
Poetry Across the Nations: Seattle, WA

December 2017 - Poetry Northwest, Guest Editor, Native Poets Torchlight Series:
Interview with Cedar Sigo

Interview with Janice Gould

Fall 2017:
Fall 2017: In Conversation: Native Writers and Scholars from Colorado's Front Range – Counterpath Press Gallery, Denver, CO

February 2017:
Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival, Poet-in-Residence

December 2016:
National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship 2017 Awardee

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


Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology
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:

"Sail," "Nightingale." LitHub. February 2018
"Winter Watch." Orion Magazine. Fall 2017
"Resurrection." World Literature Today. Spring 2017
"Paradise," "Pilot." Kenyon Review Online. Summer 2017
"Descent." NECK. Summer 2017
"Canyon's Gate." Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. Winter 2017
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