Author: Media Director/Thursday, November 9, 2017/Categories: Past Programs
Interpreting contemporary issues through poetry
Thoughts on autism, immigration, gender and the environment
Marin's Poet Laureate
Named Marin’s Poet Laureate earlier this year, Rebecca Foust is the 5th local resident to have held this distinction. Since Rebecca rediscovered her passion for poetry in 2007 at 50 years old, she has published hundreds of poems and five prize-winning books. Her most recent book is Paradise Drive, a collection of sonnets featuring a modern-day Pilgrim living in Marin.
Rebecca’s poetry reflects and examines many of the toughest issues of our day. Her 2017-19 Poet Laureate project is called “Poetry as Sanctuary” and ties in with California’s status as a Sanctuary State.
“Perhaps the most important service poetry can provide now is respite from or ways to respond to current political events. Poetry can build community, and I’d like to use it to raise the awareness and empathy for what is at stake under the new administration for our undocumented immigrant population here in Marin.”
Rebecca grew up in a small Pennsylvania town surrounded by farms, forests, quarries and strip mines. After earning a BA in English at Smith College she moved to northern California in 1979 to attend Stanford Law School. A decade of private law practice gave way to a decade of advocacy for kids with autism. The year she turned 50, a class at Book Passage inspired her to pick up the writing she had put aside for thirty years. She went back to school, earning an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, in January 2010.
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