Writing Poems and the Inheritances of Poetry
Lectures and readings in Marquand Chapel followed by a book-signing and reception. Presented in collaboration with Yale Divinity Student Book Supply.
Brett Foster is an associate professor in the English Department of Wheaton College (IL), where he teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing. He is the author of two poetry books, The Garbage Eater (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2011) and Fall Run Road, which was awarded Finishing Line Press’s 2011 Open Chapbook Prize. A new full-length collection is forthcoming. He has also written Shakespeare’s Life, a volume for a “Backgrounds to Shakespeare” reference series, and has edited two volumes for a “Shakespeare Through the Ages” series, on Hamlet and The Sonnets. His creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications, including AGNI, Atlanta Review, Boston Review, California Quarterly, The Common, Harvard Review, Hudson Review, IMAGE, Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, Measure, The New Criterion, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Raritan, Seattle Review, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, and Yale Review, as well as in the Best New Poets series, American Religious Poems (Library of America, 2006), and the forthcoming Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale University Press).
As a Renaissance scholar, he has published in genre, Journal of British Studies, Modern Philology, Prose Studies, Sixteenth Century Journal, Renaissance Quarterly, and Shakespeare Bulletin, and his articles have appeared in The Sacred and Profane in English Renaissance Literature and in collections on Shakespeare, Henry VIII, and Christopher Marlowe. As a translator of poetry, he has been awarded the Robert Fitzgerald and Willis Barnstone translation prizes, and received support from the PEN American Center. He also speaks regularly at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.