Bulgarian photography and Michigan poetry inspire an album
“Cry of Freedom” is an album by Ann Arbor musician Laszlo Slomovits, but it’s not your ordinary record.
The album is actually a collection of poems by Grand Rapids poet and writer Linda Nemec Foster that has been set to music.
Foster’s poetry that is featured on “Cry of Freedom” is from her book Ten Songs from Bulgaria. The poetry is inspired by photographs taken by Jacko Vassilev.
Linda Nemec Foster and Laszlo Slomovitz will perform excerpts from the work at 7 pm tonight at Nicola’s Bookstore in Ann Arbor.
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Finding aid for the poetry of Linda Nemec Foster collection
Finding aid prepared by R. Mayne
KANSAS CITY – Mo. Grand Rapids, Michigan, poet Linda Nemec Foster will appear on the nationwide broadcast of the public radio literary program New Letters on the Air. Foster, the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan, talks about her books of poetry, including her most recent, Amber Necklace from Gdansk. The program will be available on the public radio satellite on April 27, 2005, and can also be heard on the program’s website www.newletters.org. May 4-17.
Foster discusses one of her earliest books, A History of the Body, that details her thoughts and emotions during her first pregnancy. Foster also talks about her friendship with German-American writer and mentor, Lisel Mueller, and how she contributed to Foster’s getting in touch with her Polish heritage and the lives of her ancestors under Nazi rule.
“It took me until my middle age to really understand the richness of that heritage and culture, and wanting to know more about it,” says Foster. “That’s what led me to Poland for the first time in 1996, and I was just so amazed with what I saw, the people I met, the family that I never knew I had. Amber Necklace from Gdansk really is a by-product of that first trip.”
Linda Nemec Foster holds a B.A. in social science from Aquinas College, Michigan and an M.F.A. from Goddard College, Vermont in 1979. She received the Pushcart Prize for poetry in 1984, a National Writers’ Voice Project Fellowship in 1999 and was named Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2003. She lives in Grand Rapids Michigan where she has been working as the coordinator of the Contemporary Writer’s Series at Aquinas College since 1997.
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“History of the Toenails“
“History of the Hand“
Movie Poems: “Absurdity of the Sweet Life,” “At 69,” “My Mother Sees Her First Foreign Film“
“The Therapeutist: After Magritte“
“The Rain in Bielsko,” and “Mazovian Willows: Chopin’s Nocturn, Opus 9“
“The Awkward Young Girl Approaching You“
“In My Grandmother’s House“
“After the War: Purple Flowers Spilling from the Windows,” and “Mengele’s Butterflies“
Linda Nemec Foster’s poetry has been translated, produced for the stage, and exhibited in art galleries in Michigan and New York. Her work has been widely published in national literary journals, including The Georgia Review, Mid-America Review, Quarterly West, Indiana Review, Nimrod, and River Styx, and in major anthologies from Penguin, Virago, Macmillan and other publishers. Foster’s full-length collection of poetry, Living in the Fire Nest, was a finalist for the Bluestem Poetry Award and the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.
Foster received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont, and currently lives in Grand Rapids. She served as director of the literature program for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and teaches poetry workshops for young people through Creative Writers in Schools, a project of ArtServe Michigan.