Jennifer Foerster

Colorado, United States

Member Since: 11/09/2011

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather, both published by the University of Arizona Press. Jennifer received her PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver (2018), her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2007), and her BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts (2003). She has received fellowships to attend Soul Mountain Retreat, the Naropa Summer Writing Program, the Idyllwild Summer Poetry Program, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and Caldera. From 2008-2010, Jennifer was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. She is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency in 2014 and a 2017 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship. She is currently the Interim Director of the Institute of American Indian Arts Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. 



  • Leaving Tulsa , University of Arizona Press (March 21, 2013)
  • Bright Raft in the Afterweather , University of Arizona Press (February 15, 2018)


  • Interim Director at Institute of American Indian Arts' Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing (July 2018 - )


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Institute of American Indian Arts (May 2003)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Vermont College of the Fine Arts (July 2007)
  • Doctoral Degree in English and Literary Arts from University of Denver (June 2018)

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