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is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist whose work is deeply informed by the many cultures and communities she is part of, by history, and by a sense of play.
Her poetry has been published in more than two dozen journals and anthologies, and she has performed in theatres, museums, nightclubs, and traditional literary venues in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and throughout North America. She has also received numerous honors, including a Fulbright Award and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson, Mellon and Ford Foundations, Poets House and the Franklin Furnace Fund. She is the author of the chapbook, At My Belly and My Back and the critical book, Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination, which won the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis Prize for the best book in Caribbean studies.
King holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a minor in Performance Studies from New York University, and is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York. The goal of her work is to make people feel, wonder, and think, in that order.
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.