Tonya M. Foster was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in New Orleans. She earned a BA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an MFA from the University of Houston.
Tonya M. Foster is theauthor of the bilingual chapbook “La Grammaire des Os,” and of the new poetrycollection “A Swarm of Bees in High Court.” A co-editor of “Third Mind:Creative Writing through Visual Art,” Tonya is an assistant professor ofwriting & literature and of graduate writing at California College of theArts. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Western HumanitiesReview, NYFA Arts Quarterly, the Poetry Foundation website, and elsewhere. Sheis a recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, theMacDowell Colony, the Ford and Mellon Foundations, among others. Tonya is apoetry editor for Fence Magazine. A New Orleans native and recent Bay Areatransplant, Tonya makes a decent gumbo.
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