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Jennifer Elise Foerster received her PhD in English and Literary Arts at the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer teaches in the IAIA Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program and at The Rainier Writing Workshop. Jennifer is the author of two books of poetry, Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press. Foerster is of German, Dutch, and Mvskoke descent, is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, and lives in San Francisco.
Zoë Johnson is a queer transgender non-binary writer living mid-Michigan. They are an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a current graduate student in the creative writing MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Their fiction has been shortlisted for PRISM International's 2019 Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction, been a finalist for the 2018 Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction, and was the Honorable Mention in PULP Literature's 2019 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest. Work of theirs has been published by Sonora Review Online, Plenitude Magazine, PULP Literature, and been anthologized in Public Poetry's 2019 finalists anthology, ENOUGH. Writing of theirs is forthcoming in the Lascaux Prize Anthology Vol. 6, and will be included in the second edition of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves from Oxford University Press in 2021. When not writing, Zoë spends their time doting on their cat Strawberry, learning to speak their tribal language of Anishinaabemowin, and getting far too invested in podcasts.
Part of our series Native Writers in the 21st Century. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.