Linda Nemec Foster

Fiction, Poetry

Poet and writer Linda Nemec Foster is the author of eleven poetry collections, including the critically acclaimed books Amber Necklace from Gdansk and Talking Diamonds. Her most recent book is The Lake Michigan Mermaid (2019 Michigan Notable Book). She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and has been honored by the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writer’s Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. From 2003-2005, Foster served as the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2015, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her poetry and advocacy of the literary arts in Michigan. In 2018 and 2019, she won the Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest sponsored by the Paterson Literary Review. Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College.

Festival Years: 2002, 2008, 2014