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Richard Alfons Foerster Edit Profile

Editor , poet

Richard Alfons Foerster, American editor, poet. Recipient Discovery award The Nation magazine, 1985, Bess Hokin prize Poetry magazine, Chicago, 1992; Writers fellow National Endowment for Arts, 1995, Individual Artist fellow Maine Arts Commission, 1997; Traveling scholar Trust under the Will of Amy Lowell, 2000-2001.


Foerster, Richard Alfons was born on October 29, 1949 in New York City. Son of Alfons Foerster and Elizabeth Zakrzewicz.


Bachelor in English, Fordham College, 1971. Master of Arts in English, University Virginia, 1972.


Assistant editor Clarence L. Barnhart Inc., Bronxville, New York, 1973-1976. Language arts editor Prentice Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1976-1979. Associate editor Chelsea magazine, New York City, 1978-1994, editor, 1994—2001, Chautauqua Literature Journal, 2003—2008.

Freelance educational writer, editor, York Beach, Maine, 1979—1993. Freelance typesetter & editor, York, since 1993. Member prize committee The Poets' Prize, New York City, since 2001.

International writer-in-residence, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 2002.



Fellow: Society Arts Religion and Contemporary Culture. Member: Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, National Book Critics Circle.


Married Valerie Elizabeth Malinowski, October 28, 1972 (divorced 1986).

Alfons Foerster

Elizabeth Zakrzewicz

Valerie Elizabeth Malinowski