Brett Foster

Brett Foster


Ph.D., Yale University, 2005

Wallace Stegner Fellow, Stanford University, 1997-1999

M.A., Boston University, 1996

B.J., University of Missouri, 1995

A.B., University of Missouri, 1995

About Brett Foster

Dr. Foster's interests include Creative Writing, Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Traditions of Lyric Poetry, Translation & Imitation, Poetics, Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, Religion and Literature, Early Modern Travel Literature, Italian Renaissance Literature, Anglo-Italian Texts, and Classical Influence in the Renaissance and in Modern Poetry.



Fall Run Road (Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2012).

  • winner of the 2011 Open Chapbook Prize

Shakespeare’s Life. “Backgrounds to Shakespeare” reference series (New York: Chelsea House, 2012).

The Garbage Eater (Evanston: Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2011).

  • finalist for 2012 Drake University Emerging Writer Award
  • selected for "Debut Poets" feature in Poets & Writers 

Shakespeare Through the Ages: The Sonnets (New York: Infobase, 2009) – edited volume for a reference series that summarizes Shakespeare’s works, contextualizes by century their critical reception, and reprints influential criticism [editor].

Shakespeare Through the Ages: Hamlet (New York: Infobase, 2008) [editor].

Rome. "Literary Places" series (New York: Infobase, 2005) [co-author].


Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anglican Theological Review, Antler, Arion, Ascent, Assisi, Beacon Street Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Books & Culture, Bostonia, California Quarterly, Catapult, Cellpoems, The Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, The City, Columbia, Comment, The Common, Comstock Review, Confrontation, Crab Orchard Review, The Cresset, Curator, Dogwood, Everyday Poems, Fare Forward, First Things, 4Humanities, Hudson Review, IMAGE, Iron Horse Literary Review, Levure litteraire, Literary Imagination, Literature and Belief, Liturgical Credo, Marco Polo, Mars Hill Review, Measure, Midwestern Gothic, The New Criterion, New Madrid, The Other Journal, Pleiades, PNReview, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Poetry International, Radix, Raritan, Relief, RHINO, Rock & Sling, Ruminate, Saint Ann’s Review, Saint Katherine Review, Salamander, Santa Clara Review, Seattle Review, Second Nature, Sewanee Theological Review, Shenandoah, Sin Fronteras - Writers Without Borders, Southwest Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stonework, Subtropics, Technoculture, Tenth Muse, Terrain, Theodate, Trajectory, Water~Stone Review, Windhover, Wunderkammer, Verbatim, Vineyards, Yale Review, and other journals, as well as in the anthologies And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century, American Religious Poems (Library of America), Best New Poets, Imago Dei, Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale University Press), The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, and St. Peter's B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints.

Translations of poetry have appeared in Arion, Atlanta Review, Dappled Things, Eleven Eleven, Evansville Review, Green Mountains Review, Hampden-Sidney Poetry Review, Italian Poetry Review, Journal of Italian Translation, Literary Matters, Metamorphoses, Palimpsest, Partisan Review, Poems Bewitched and Haunted, Relief, RHINO, Saint Ann’s Review, Smartish Pace, Unsplendid, Yale Italian Poetry, and other journals. 

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