The Edmond Sun

March 25, 2013

Poet plans reading at UCO

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts, the American Indian Studies Program, and the Department of English will host a public reading by poet Jennifer Foerster at 6 p.m. Thursday in Pegasus Theater in the Liberal Arts Building on Central’s campus as a part of its Sherman Chaddlesone Arts and Letters Lecture Series.

“Jennifer Foerster is a fresh face in the field of poetry. She is young, for a published author, and yet wise to the world she works within. Students have a great opportunity to spread their wings by witnessing a writer who has spread hers,” said Timothy Petete, assistant professor of English at Central.

She will read from her book of poetry published this month by the University of Arizona Press, “Leaving Tulsa.”

Foerster grew up internationally as a daughter of a diplomat, but spent most of each summer with her grandparents in Jenks. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma and now lives in San Francisco where she works as a freelance writer and grants consultant for nonprofits.

“Her Muscogee Creek and Tulsa roots endow her poetic relevance to our students here at UCO. This is a brilliantly talented young woman whose beginnings are in symphony with many of our wonderful students and they will surely resonate with her presentation and personal story,” Petete added.

Foerster received her bachelor’s in fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 2003 and her master’s in fine arts degree in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2007.

Her poetry has been published in “Ploughshares,” “Prairie Schooner” and other journals, and has been anthologized in “New California Writing 2011” and “Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas.”

“New Plains Review,” Central’s literary journal, will present a reception at the conclusion of Foerster’s reading in the foyer of Pegasus Theater.  

The reading and the reception are free and open to the public. “Leaving Tulsa” can be purchased at Central’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Nigh University Center.

FOR MORE information about the reading, contact Central’s Department of English at 974-5550 or visit