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Jeanne Foster  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Religion, Literature, and the Arts, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California., 1988
    Graduated with Distinction Dissertation: A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary Poetry
  • M. Div. Ministry, Starr King School for Ministry, Graduate TheologicalUnion, Berkeley, California.
  • M. A. Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.
  • B. A. Philosophy (With Honors), Newcomb College, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiania.

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - English Department (2009 - Present)
  • Director - Graduate Liberal Studies (2006 - 2009)
  • Professor - Schools of Liberal Arts and Extended Education, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California. (2002 - 2009)
  • Associate Professor - Schools of Liberal Arts and Extended Education, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California. (1994 - 2001)
  • Chair - Critical Perspectives Program, School of Extended Education, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California. (1994 - 2001)
  • Acting Chairperson - Critical Perspectives Department, School of Extended Education, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California. (1993 - 1994)
  • Core Faculty Person - Critical Perspectives, School of Extended Education, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga California. (1991 - 1994)
  • Lecturer - Collegiate Seminar and Critical Perspectives Department, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California. (1988 - 1994)
  • Associate Faculty - Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. (1986 - 1988)
  • Adjunct Faculty - Starr King School for Ministry, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. (1979 - 1982)
  • Instructor - State University College of New York, Buffalo, New York. (1975 - 1978)
  • Teaching Assistant - Philosophy Department, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. (1966 - 1967)
  • Chaplain - Contra Costa County Health Services, Martinez, California. - 1981)
  • Summer Minister - Monterey Peninsula Unitarian Church, Aguajito Road, Monterey, California. - 1981)

Professional Experience:

  • Minister - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Modesto, California. (1983 - 1988)
  • Mental Health Treatment Specialist - Contra Costa County Health Services, Martinez , California. (1981 - 1983)

Awards:

  • Quarterly Review of Literature Contemporary Poetry Prize - (1980)
  • Creative Artists Public Service Award (CAPS) in Poetry, State of New York - (1976)

Fellowships:

  • St. Lawrence Foundation Fellowship for the Study of Religion - (1981)
    1979, 1980, 1981.
  • MacDowell Fellowship in Poetry, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough New HampshirE - (1972)
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Philosophy - (1964)
    1963-1964.

Honor:

  • Phi Beta Kappa - (1963)

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • "Invincible Ugliness,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    American Academy of Religion, Western Region, Berkeley
    (March 1997)
  • "Autobiography and the Academically Marginalized,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    National Meeting, American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, Louisiana,
    (1996)
  • "Five Poets,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    "Five Poets,"
    (1996)
  • "The Place of Ugliness in the Work of Art,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    ," Western Region Meeting, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California
    (1996)
  • "Implications of the Summer NEH Institute,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina,
    (1995)
  • "Sacred Spaces in the Poetry of James Wright,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    v
    (1995)
  • "James Wright's Encounter with the Two Indian Ponies,". Foster, Jeanne (paper)
    Conference on Christianity and Literature, Santa Clara, California
    (1995)
  • "Sexton's Awful Rowing Toward God,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    Western Regional Meeting, American Academy of Religion, Redlands,
    (1995)
  • "The Socratic Method and the Great Books,". Foster, Jeanne (talk, speech or lecture)
    National Alliance Conference, San Francisco
    , 1994.
    (1994)
  • "A Principle of Beauty,". Foster, Jeanne (other-Colloquium)
    President's Colloquium on Theology, General Assembly, Unitarian Universalist Association, Hollywood Florida
    (1991)

Publications:

  • Foster, Jeanne. 2015. Goodbye, Silver Sister, Collection of Poems, Northwestern University Press
  • Foster, Jeanne. 2012. Wild Artichokes, Naugatuck River Review, vol. Summer 2012, issue 8, pg.103, ed. Desrosiers, Lori, Lenora Press
  • Foster, Jeanne. 2011. "The Pianist," "The Lawnman," and "Breech": three poems, Literary Imagination, issue November 2011, ed. Campion, Peter, Oxford University Press on behalf of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
  • Foster, Jeanne. 2011. Three Poems by Bianca Tarozzi translated from the Italian by Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson , American Poetry Review, issue March/April 2011
  • Foster, Jeanne. "The Sycamores." Literary Imagination (2009)
  • Foster, Jeanne. "From the Foot of Fourth Street, Louisville, Kentucky, for James Wright." Literary Imagination (2009)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Painting a Still Life with My Mother,"." Turning Wheel Winter (1996)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""The Thread,"." Cries of the Spirit 2 (1996)
  • Foster, Jeanne. A Music of Grace: The Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry. : Peter Lang, Inc., 1995.
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Seminar in Adult Education,"." Educational Perspectives XII:2 (1995)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Fencing,"." Northeast Corridor (1995)
  • Foster, Jeanne. "You Are Here," (translation)." Blind Donkey (1994)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""The Well," "The Gate", "The Pelican," "Transplant," "Summer, 1987," "The Yellow Stone,"." Quarterly Review of Literature (1993)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""The Foot,"." Life on the Line (1992)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Moving," "The Irises," "Garlic," "Lynn,"." Cries of the Spirit (1991)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Yellow Cow," "The Dark Block," "The Bridge,"." Zebra Summer (1991)
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""The Pearl River,"." Hudson Review Summer (1985)
  • Foster, Jeanne. "A Blessing of Safe Travel." Quarterly Review of Literature (Contemporary Poetry Series) 1980
  • Foster, Jeanne. Great Horned Owl. Buffalo: White Pine Press, 1980.
  • Foster, Jeanne. ""Ashes,"." North American Review
  • Tarozzi, Bianca.. Translation of four poems, American Poetry Review, eds. and Foster, Jeanne and Williamson, Alan

Performances:

Poetry Reading

  • . LitCrawl Reading Series, San Francisco. (October 19, 2013)
    Read translations of selected poems of Bianca Tarozzi, Italian poet and University of Verona professor
  • . Natsoulas Gallery Reading Series, Davis CA . (October 17, 2013)
  • Poet. Firestone Collective Art Gallery. (February 10, 2012)
    Reading from my poetry

Visiting Poet

  • Visiting Poet. Arcadia University Summer Writing Program, Perugia, Italy. (July 2013)
  • Creative Writing in Italy Program. Arcadia University . (July 2011)
  • Poet in Residence. Tulane University, English Department. (2004)
    For the Fall semester
  • Instructor and Thesis Director. University of San Francisco. (2000)
    From 1994-2000
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