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Tonya Foster and Rachel Zolf


“Territories & Language Under Stress: New Orleans to Palestine”


Tonya Foster is the author of Swarms of Bees in High Court, from Belladonna Press and Futurepoem Books. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Callaloo, Free Radicals: American Poets before Their First Books, nocturne(s), American Poet: Journal of the Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. She received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston. A recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and MacDowell Colony, she is currently a student at the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in English. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College.


Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book, Neighbour Procedure, published by Coach House Books. Rodrigo Toscano has described Neighbour Procedure as the most realized conceptual-modular book of political poetry I’ve read to date, and Judith Butler called it “an extraordinary collection of poems, a linguistic fathoming of the ethics of proximity.” Zolf’s previous collections include Human Resources (Coach House), which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Masque (The Mercury Press), and Shoot & Weep (Nomados).


Both Foster and Zolf read from their latest work at Bard.

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