“Playground” by Dianne Carroll Burdick & Linda Nemec Foster

DIANNE CARROLL BURDICK: “I photographed all the images with black & white film and printed all images on fiber-base black & white paper. When the print is dry, I treat the paper with an oil-base solvent and color the image with colored pencils. ‘Playground’ was photographed at my dad’s ranch in Ukiah, California. Strangely enough, Ukiah spelled backwards is haiku. My dad, Bruce Carroll, had 200 acres called Round Mountain, and when I would visit, I would always twirl near the spot that this photograph was taken, to enjoy the vast beauty of the land.”

LINDA NEMEC FOSTER: “Throughout my writing career, I have had a deep interest in collaborating with others. In 1998 Dianne Carroll Burdick asked me to write poems in response to her photography for a collaborative art/poetry exhibit called ‘The Good Earth.’ I composed haiku—the traditional form created by Japanese poets over 500 years ago. Then, as now, haiku were written in response to the natural world: the human reaction to the landscape that we are a part of, yet separate from. Ultimately, this project was not only about the landscapes of images and words, but about ourselves: how each of us reflects the universe that the world contains.”


She wants to run, twirl
Follow the path all the way
To her past: those trees

Originally Published by Rattle, click here to view article.

Calvin College Festival of Faith and Writing

In these sessions we feature several authors who are new to the Festival of Faith and Writing. A Reading by Barbara Crooker and Linda Nemec Foster.

Order the CD of Steve Talaga’s music that was inspired by “Contemplating the Heavens”

This is music that crosses boundaries. Classical music, jazz, funk, free improvisation. These pieces were written as a companion to a book of poems by Linda Nemec Foster about the planets and other celestial bodies.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
Release Date: 2006

Linda Nemec Foster’s debut as first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, MI

Linda Nemec Foster delivers her first speech as the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids at the unveiling of the newly renovated Grand Rapids Public Library. April 21, 2003

Originally Published by PoetLaureateDebut, click here to view.

About the Planet Walk

The walk begins at the north west corner of Albertus Hall. From this starting point, you will be able to see the first four planets on the walk. The first four planets are relatively closely spaced with the third representing Earth. These planets are just the beginning of your tour and we hope that you continue with the walk by visiting all of the planets throughout campus!

The Foster Planet Walk was funded by a generous grant from Dr. Anthony and Linda Foster, both graduates of Aquinas College, whose love of science and the arts made this educational attraction a reality.

The Earth from Space*
You look like a total stranger.
No hint of the familiar ground
beneath our feet, but a gauze-wrapped sapphire
suspended in heavy black and disbelief.
That’s what they must have seen:
those men on the moon who only dreamed you
on the horizon, over their shoulders. Forgetting
for one long moment the difference between
night and day, water and air, home and here.
– Linda Nemec Foster

Biographical Note
Tony and Linda (Nemec) Foster embody a marriage of art and science. Both graduates of Aquinas, they met in college during the late ’60s. Tony went on to medical school at Wayne State University and is currently a general surgeon in practice in Grand Rapids. He is also on the teaching staff of Butterworth Hospital. Linda received her Master in Fine Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. She is an established poet and writer whose work has been published in numerous journals and literary magazines both regionally and nationally. Linda is also a teacher, conducting poetry workshops for the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. The Fosters live in Grand Rapids with their children, Brian and Ellen.

*Copyrighted © 1995 by Linda Nemec Foster. This poem was originally published in The Artful Dodge, Fall, 1995. All rights reserved. The poem cannot be used in any way without the consent of the author.

Originally Published by Aquinas College, click here to view article.