Tonya Foster, "Swarms of Bees"

Tonya Foster on “A Swarm of Bees at High Court” at the Kelly Writers House on January 21, 2010, as part of the Emergency Reading Series. Watch a video recording of the complete event here. For more information about the event, consult the Kelly Writers House web calendar entry. Tonya Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna and Futurepoem, 2010). Other projects are A Mathematics of Chaos, a cross-genre, multimedia piece on New Orleans, and Monkey Talk, an intergenre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance. A native of New Orleans, she resides and writes in Harlem. Click here to read a letterpress broadside prepared by Belladonna*. Here is Foster’s PennSound page. And here is a recording of Foster’s performance of “And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.” In an introduction to a “Close Listening” session, posted on June 23, 2013, Charles Bernstein wrote: “Tonya Foster’s new book, A Swarm of Bees in High Court is forthcoming from Belladonna. Foster lives in New York, where she is a doctoral student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. On the first program, Foster reads from the book. In the second show, Foster speaks of poetry as a ‘performance of freedom,’ discusses her odyssey from church choir in New Orleans to New York’s innovative poetry communities.”