Jennifer Elise Foerster

Jennifer Elise Foerster is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation, and teaches in the IAIA Low-residency MFA Creative Writing Program and at the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is the author of Leaving Tulsa and Bright Raft in the Afterweather, both from 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.

Bamewawagezhikaquay: Jane Johnston Schoolcraft’s Postpastoral Poetics

The creative psyche of the Romantic poets of the nineteenth-century United States was shaped by the idea of the American continent as a far-­reaching wilderness now within perceived possession, with identifiable and reachable frontiers. The blossoming of U. S. literature is often seen as a landscape composed of such well-known poets as Emerson, Longfellow, Bryant, Whittier, Dickinson, and Whitman. But a host of other writers, some with very different perspectives on the physical landscape, were also contributing to the cultural and literary landscape of the United States during this time.