Kate Hanson Foster: NEA Fellowship, New Book Completed, & More
We caught up to a busy Kate Hanson Foster on the Groton frontier, where she lives with her husband, Bert, and their three children. She reports that the garden is pulled up and they just stacked a cord of wood for the fireplace. She grew up in Andover, Mass., and graduated from UMass Lowell. Kate co-edited Renovation Journal in Lowell for a few years. She said 2018 was a productive year. Last October, she was awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center which afforded her the time and space to finish her second poetry book manuscript, called Crow Funeral. Her first book, Mid Drift, is available from at loompress.com or at amazon.com for those who prefer that source.
Some of those poems have found homes or are forthcoming in journals such as Atticus Review, Mom Egg Review, Moon City Review, Salamander, and Birmingham Poetry Review. The title poem of the manuscript, “Crow Funeral,” was a semi-finalist for the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize. Her poem “Grease” was a finalist for the Brittany Noakes Poetry Award, and another poem, “Elegy of Color” from Salamander magazine, will be reprinted in the 12th edition of The Bedford Introduction to Literature. “That’s pretty cool,” Kate said. And it is a big deal to have a poem in a best-selling textbook. The Bedford is in its 11th edition.
Full disclosure: Kate and I collaborated on a poem called “Star Grace” that was selected for They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing, published this year by Black Lawrence Press.
When not working on poems, she writes book reviews, including a recent one of Matt W Miller’s The Wounded for the Water, published by The Critical Flame. Here’s the link.
And here are links to three of her poems:
“Never to be Told”