Rebecca Foust was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a hub of railroading, coal mining and other industries until the middle of the last century. She attended Smith College and Stanford Law School on scholarships and practiced law in San Francisco for ten years. Three kids and many years of Special Ed advocacy later, she enrolled in Warren Wilson’s MFA program, graduating in 2010. All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Award and was released the same year, as was God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach), and both are finalists for the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award. Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2008) and Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008) received the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize in consecutive years. Her most recent collection, Paradise Drive (Press 53, 2015) won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry. Foust’s poetry is published or forthcoming in The Hudson Review, The Humanist, North American Review, Poetry Daily, The Sewanee Review, and other journals.
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