"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Monday Must Read!

Rebecca-FoustThis week meet Rebecca Foust, the author of three full-length poetry collections. Paradise Drive (Press 53 2015) winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and among Shelf Unbound’s 100 Notable Books of 2015, has been reviewed or featured in more than 40 venues since its release in April. Foust collaborated with artist Lorna Stevens on God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World (Tebot Bach 2010), winner of a 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award. All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving 2010) won the Many Mountains Moving Book Prize, was a finalist for the Paterson Prize, and was nominated for the Poet’s Prize. Foust’s chapbooks, Dark Card (2008) and Mom’s Canoe (2009) won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize in consecutive years and were published by Texas Review Press. Her poems, essays, short stories and book reviews are widely published in the American Academy of Poets, Hudson Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, and others. Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet-in Residence, and her awards include The 2015 American Literary Review Writing Award for fiction, The 2014 Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award (Malahat Review) and fellowships from The Frost Place, the MacDowell Colony, Sewanee Writing Conference, and West Chester Poetry Conference. The Poetry Editor for Women’s Voices for Change and an assistant editor for Narrative Magazine, Foust lives in the San Franciso Bay Area with her husband.

Learn more:


Buy Rebecca’s books here:

Paradise Drive


God, Seed and All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song


All Books




Selected Poetry Online:

Abeyance,” American Academy of Poets Poem-A-Day series 2015, http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/abeyance

Courtesy Flush” and “Oops” reprinted in Poemeleon 2015, http://www.poemeleon.org/-rebecca-foust/

The Notch,” “Bright Juice,” “Nuns Fret Not,” and “Dirt,” The Hudson Review, 2015, http://hudsonreview.com/2015/01/the-notch-bright-juice-nuns-fret-not-dirt/#.VnElSEorLV3

Prayer for my New Daughter,” “Sufferance,” “Blame,” “Gratitude,” and “Only,” reprinted in Poethead 2015, https://poethead.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/sufferance-and-other-poems-by-rebecca-foust/

Contradance” The Hopkins Review 2015, http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/the_hopkins_review/v008/8.2.foust.pdf

Blazon” http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/14/winter/foust.php#1, “Promise Me,” http://www.cortlandreview.com/features/14/winter/foust.php#2, Cortland Review 2014 and “Petals,” Cortland Review 2012, http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/58/foust.php#1

Biography,” “But What Can Wake You,” and “Eulogy,” Omniverse 2014, http://omniverse.us/poetry-rebecca-foust/

Last Bison Gone” and “Perennial,” The Humanist 2011, http://thehumanist.com/magazine/march-april-2011/poetry/last-bison-gone

Prodigal,” http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/v14n2/v14n2poetry/foustprodigal.php and “Elocution Lesson,” http://www.valpo.edu/vpr/foustelocution.html in Valparaiso Poetry Review

Dark Ecology,” “Spec House Foundation Cut into Hillside,” “Rebuke,” “Food-Not-Bombs” (2014), http://www.unf.edu/mudlark/flashes/foust.html and “Bee Fugue” (2011), https://www.unf.edu/mudlark/flashes/bee_fugue.html

Don’t,” Bomb Magazine 2009, http://bombmagazine.org/article/4589/don-t

Broadsides from God, Seed: Poetry & Art about the Natural World with art by Lorna Stevens:

Tikkun Daily, 2011, http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2011/02/13/god-seed-poetry-and-art-about-the-natural-world/

Terrain 2009, http://terrain.org/poetry/24/god_seed/

Selected Essays and Book Reviews online:

Poetry Daily, 4/21/15, “Poet’s Pick” essay on “An Irish Airman Foresees his Death” by William Butler Yeats, http://poems.com/Poets’%20Picks%202015/0421_Foust.html

Interview of Susan Terris, “She Asked for Light,” Poetry Flash 2015, http://poetryflash.org/features/

Guest Blog for Brian A. Klems, “The Writer’s Dig,” Writer’s Digest, http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/its-never-too-late-on-becoming-a-writer-at-50

Guest Blog on “Writing Sonnets,” 4/12/15, Savvy Verse and Wit, http://savvyverseandwit.com/category/guest-post

Review of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, The Rumpus 2014, http://therumpus.net/2014/05/al-mutanabbi-street-starts-here-edited-by-beau-beausoleil-and-deema-shehabi/

Review of After the Firestorm by Susan Kolodny, Poetry Flash 2012, http://poetryflash.org/reviews/

Review of Bacchus Wynd by Catherine Edmunds, Wordgathering 2014, http://www.wordgathering.com/past_issues/issue30/reviews/edmunds.html

Review of Beamish Boy by Albert Flynn DeSilver The Rumpus 2013, http://therumpus.net/?s=beamish+boy

North American ReviewThrowback Thursday” series, 9/7/15, http://northamericanreview.org/throwback-thursday-featuring-rebecca-foust-strip-mine-from-vol-292-2/

Weekly Poetry Columns for Women’s Voices for Change,


Selected Book Review links for Paradise Drive

San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Edition (Diana Whitney) http://m.sfgate.com/books/article/Poetry-John-Burnside-Jane-Hirshfield-Rebecca-6401935.php#photo-8336857

Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Edition (Frank Wilson)

Washington Independent Review of Books (Grace Cavalieri) “National Poetry Month’s Best Picks,” http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/april-exemplars-national-poetry-months-best-picks-by-grace-cavalieri

The Huffington Post (Dean Rader) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-rader/three-books-for-autumn_b_8090182.html



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