Jennifer Foerster will read from her latest collection of poetry Leaving Tulsa and Carol Moldaw will read from her works, including So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems.
In "Leaving Tulsa", Jennifer Foerster weaves together a mythic and geographic exploration of a woman's coming of age in a dislocated time. “Leaving Tulsa”, a book of road elegies and laments, travels from Oklahoma to the edges of the American continent through landscapes at once stark and lush, ancient and apocalyptic. The imagery that cycles through the poems—fire, shell, highway, wing—gives the collection a rich lyrical-dramatic texture. Each poem builds on a theme of searching for a lost "self"—an "other" America—that crosses biblical, tribal, and ecological mythologies.
In "So Late, So Soon", Carol Moldaw “brings the reader to a world where contrasting things form a union that is distanced by mystery—either by the mystery within the things themselves, or the mystery that surrounds them, yet this bond is necessary and complete. Overall, Moldaw’s poems can be felt much like lightning is felt—as a dashed stroke of electricity that resonates long after the flash dissolves into a vast sky or field." - Jennifer Belcik
Jennifer Elise Foerster has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She was Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Widely published in journals and anthologies, Foerster is of German, Dutch, and Muscogee descent and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Leaving Tulsa (University of Arizona, 2013) is her first poetry book.
Carol Moldaw is the author of four other books of poetry, including "The Lightning Field" which won the 2002 FIELD Poetry Prize, as well as a novel, "The Widening". Moldaw is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize. Her work is published widely in journals, including, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and more. In the spring of 2011 she was the Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University. Ms. Moldaw currently teaches privately, and is also the co-curator of the Muse Times Two Poetry Series.