Poetry. "This stuff is crackling! Foster's brilliant eye for the essentially human and his crisp blue-collar imagery create an important, powerful, moving prosody-the best since Kerouac and beyond"-Wanda Coleman. Sesshu Foster grew up in City Terrace and taught English in nearby Boyle Heights for ten years. He received an MFA from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa. ANGRY DAYS (West End Press), Foster's first collection of poetry, was published in 1987.
Poet, teacher, and community activist Sesshu Foster grew up in East Los Angeles. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He is the author of the poetry collections CITY TERRACE FIELD MANUAL (Kaya Press, 1996), American Loneliness: Selected Poems (2006), WORLD BALL NOTEBOOK (2009), which won an American Book Award and an Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, and CITY OF THE FUTURE (2018). Foster is the author of the novel of speculative fiction ATOMIK AZTEX (2005), which won the Believer Book Award and imagines an America free of European colonizers. Foster's work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry (2000), Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (2008), and STATE OF THE UNION: 50 POLITICAL POEMS (2008). He co-edited the anthology Invocation L.A.: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1989). Foster has taught in East LA for 25 years as well as at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Pomona University, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Los Angeles.Author City: Los Angeles, CA USA