Ms. Rebecca Foust

California, United States

Member Since: 12/28/2012

Rebecca Foust was born in Altoona, PA, the youngest in a family of five children and the first (along with a twin brother) to graduate from college. Smith College led to Stanford Law School, which led to California where Foust and her husband raised a family for nearly 3 decades filled with parenting, advocacy for special-needs students and—since the Book Passage class that started it all in 2007—writing, teaching and editing. Foust received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2010 and currently works as Poetry Editor for an online magazine called Women's Voices for Change and as an assistant editor for Narrative. Her poems, short stories, essays, and book reviews are widely published, most recently in the Hudson Review, Notre Dame ReviewSouthern Indiana Review, Zyzzyva, and others, and she has published five books: Paradise Drive, God, Seed, All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song, Mom’s Canoe, and Dark Card. Rebecca was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet In Residence at the Frost Place. Recognitions include fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony, a CA Golden Bell Award, several book and poetry prizes, and seven Pushcart nominations. For more information, visit

 Books and Book Awards

Paradise Drive (Press 53, 2015), 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry, featured on Poetry Daily on 4/15/15 and reviewed in Washington Independent Review of Books, Rumpus, The Collagist, Coffee Spew, and Wordgathering.

God, Seed: Poetry and Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach 2010), with art by Lorna Stevens. First Place in Poetry, 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award. First Place in Art and Poetry categories, 2010 National Indie Excellence Award. First Place in Poetry, 2012 Nautilus Book Award. First in Poetry. Finalist, 2011 Massachusetts Book Award.

All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song (Many Mountains Moving Press, April 2010).  First Place, 2008 Many Mountains Moving Press Poetry Book Contest. First Place for Poetry, 2010 San Francisco Book Festival. Nominated for 2012 Poet’s Prize. Finalist, 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize. Finalist, 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award.

Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, February 2009). First Place, 2008 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Competition. 2010 National Indie Excellence Award. 2010 Mom’s Choice Award, Gold Medal. First Place for Poetry.

Dark Card (Texas Review Press, June 2008). First Place, 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook competition. 2010 Mom’s Choice Award, Gold Medal 2009 National Indie Excellence Award.






Twitter Username: @FoustRebecca


  • Paradise Drive , Press 53 (April 24, 2015)
  • God, Seed , Tebot Bach (September 15, 2010)
  • All That Gorgeous Pitiless Song , Many Mountains Moving (Book Prize) (February 15, 2010)
  • Mom's Canoe , Texas Review Press (June 15, 2009)
  • Dark Card , Texas Review Press (May 15, 2008)


  • 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry(2014)
  • 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place(2014)
  • MacDowell Fellowship(2015)
  • James Hearst Poetry Prize, 2nd Place(2012)
  • Foreword Book of the Year Award(2011)
  • Many Mountains Moving Book Award(2009)
  • Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize(2009)
  • Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize(2008)
  • Blair County Arts Foundation Hall of Fame for Literary Arts. (2011)
  • 2015 Paumanok Poetry Prize Finalist(2014)


  • Poetry Editor at Women's Voices for Change (March 2015 - December 2015)
  • Committee member and Judge at Northern CA Book Awards (September 2009 - December 2013)
  • Assistant Editor at Narrative Magazine (February 2012 - December 2013)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English, minor in Poetry from Smith College (June 1979)
  • Doctoral Degree in JD, Law from Stanford Law School (June 1982)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry from Warren Wilson (June 2010)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry