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John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College Presents Tonya Foster and Rachel Zolf

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The John Ashbery Poetry Series presents authors Tonya Foster and Rachel Zolf reading from their work on Thursday, April 22. The reading is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

Tonya Foster is the author of Swarms of Bees in High Court, forthcoming from Belladonna Press and Futurepoem Books in winter 2010/2011. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Callaloo, Free Radicals: American Poets before Their First Books, nocturne(s), American Poet: Journal of the Academy of American Poets, and elsewhere. She received an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Houston. A recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and MacDowell Colony, she is currently a student at the CUNY Graduate Center’s doctoral program in English. She teaches in the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College.

Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book, Neighbour Procedure, was recently released by Coach House Books. Rodrigo Toscano has described Neighbour Procedure as “the most realized conceptual-modular book of political poetry I’ve read to date,” and Judith Butler called it “an extraordinary collection of poems … a linguistic fathoming of the ethics of proximity.” Zolf’s previous collections include Human Resources (Coach House), which won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Masque (The Mercury Press), Shoot & Weep (Nomados), Human Resources (Belladonna), and Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks). Her work has appeared in journals throughout North America and is included in anthologies such as Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House) and a forthcoming anthology of conceptual writing from Les Figues Press. Zolf has edited several books of poetry and was the founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine. She has received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She lives in New York.

For more information about the reading, call Angela Kozlakowski at 845-758-7887 or e-mail

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This event was last updated on 03-30-2010