About Jennifer

Photography by Richard Blue Cloud Castaneda


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 (Norton, 2020). She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Robert Frost Fellow in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers Conference and a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer received her PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver, her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She currently teaches for The Rainier Writing Workshop, the Institute of American Indian Arts Continuing Education Program, Orion Magazine, and other writing programs, while serving as the literary assistant to the 23 rd U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo. 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.


Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, W.W. Norton, 2021
When the Light of the World Was Subdued Our Songs Came Through, A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, W.W. Norton, 2020
Native Voices, ed. Dean Rader & CMarie Fuhrman, Tupelo Press, 2019
New Poets of Native Nations, Graywolf, 2018
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:

First American Art Magazine, Issue No. 33, Winter 2022
The Poet’s Republic, Issue 10, Winter 2021/22
Water~Stone Review, Volume 24 (2021-2022)
PARISLA 17, Change Agents
POETRY London, Summer 2021
Library of Congress: Jennifer Elise Foerster reads and discusses Notes from Coosa. June 30, 2020
Split This Rock Poem-of-the-Week, April 2021
Kenyon Review, Vol. 43, Number 1, Jan/Feb 2021
Hunger Mountain, Art Saves, Spring 2021
Georgia Review, Spring 2020
"From Coosa" on Poetry & Democracy, special feature of the Poetry Coalition
"POETRY" June 2018
"From Coosa" in Waxwing Magazine, Issue XV
"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

Prose Publications:

"A Poetics of Listening” Soundings, Summer 2022
“On The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems by Arthur Sze.” Review by Jennifer Elise Foerster. Georgia Review, Summer 2021
“Reclaiming Our Reservation: Mvskoke Tvstvnvke Hoktvke Tuccenet (Etem) Opunayakes.” 2021, Tulsa Law Review
“Beyond the Obvious: How Does Poetry Create Conditions for Radical Belonging.” Institute for Inquiry & Poetics University of Arizona Poetry & Literature Center
Bamewawagezhikaquay: Jane Johnson Schoolcraft’s Postpastoral Poetics.” Poem in a Landscape, EcoTone, vol 15, no 1. Spring 2020