Poetry. The first team sport in human history was played with a ball made of stone, on courts that have been found from the Mayan ruins of Central America to Arizona. Thus we find a soccer dad walking the sidelines of a scuff ed LA field, its goal lines swirling, nets strung loosely between daylight and the spirit world--Sesshu Foster's inimitably fierce and powerfully evocative mix of the fantastic and the mundane. Poet Sesshu Foster is the author of the highly acclaimed CITY TERRACE FIELD MANUAL and ATOMIC AZTEX, a novel.
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