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educator , poet

Graham Wallace Foust, American poet, educator. Recipient Sawtooth Poetry prize, 2003. Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center.

Background

Foust, Graham Wallace was born on August 25, 1970 in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Son of James Brady Foust and Sarah Catherine Herrell.

Education

Bachelor, Beloit College, Wisconsin, 1992. Master of Fine Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1993. Master of Fine Arts, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1996.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Buffalo, 2002.

Career

Foust teaches contemporary poetry in both an English literature and creative writing context. From 1998 to 2000, Foust, along with Benjamin Friedlander, co-edited Lagniappe, an online journal devoted to poetry and poetics. From 2002 to 2005, Foust was a professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

He is presently an assistant professor at the University of Denver. Three of Foust's poems were featured in the winter 2009 (volume 43, issue 1) edition of The Laurel Review: The Only Poem, Promotional, and Frost at Midnight. Foust's work was also chosen by Robert Creeley for the Beyond Arcadia issue of Conjunctions.

David Pavelich believes Foust's poetry to be "a unique blend of whisper and raw humor, darkness and economy of thought". Foust's third book, Necessary Stranger, was described as "intense, hip, ironic and subtly humorous" in Publishers Weekly, and in December 2007 reached third place on the small-press poetry best-seller list. Foust has cited Rae Armantrout as an influence.

Armantrout pronounced herself "quite pleased" with that, saying she was "very fond of work", but considered Foust to have a distinctive style: "Foust's poems are minimalist, yes, more so than mine, in fact, but his sensibility is very much his own." A review of A Mouth in California in the Oxonian Review characterised Foust's work as "bleak, funny, curt, and self-effacing", informed by the understanding that "everyday speech, set slightly out of joint or context, can deliver both personal and collective revelation. Foust doesn’t take himself too seriously, yet he’s a seriously good poet. And best of all, Foust is subtle.".

Achievements

  • His fourth book, A Mouth in California, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, which noted that Foust had "achieved a wide reputation in and beyond experimental poetry circles for his clipped, breathless poems, often no longer than one or two haiku, but packing an intimate punch that belies their length.".

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor collection of poems.

Membership

Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association American Center.

Connections

Married Amy Rebeccah Hezel, August 31, 2002. 1 child Merle Herrell Hezel.

father:
James Brady Foust

mother:
Sarah Catherine Herrell

spouse:
Amy Rebeccah Hezel

child:
Merle Herrell Hezel Foust