Join us for an evening with Linda Nemec Foster. Linda is the author of eleven collections of poetry and will be discussing her new book The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte. She is also the co-author of The Lake Michigan Mermaid which recently received the Michigan Notable award.
This is a Free event. All ages welcome!
Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. This event will be a standing-room crowd, so if you require a seat for medical reasons, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.
About the Author
Linda Nemec Foster is the author of eleven collections of poetry including Amber Necklace from Gdansk (LSU Press), Talking Diamonds (New Issues Press), and The Lake Michigan Mermaid, co-authored with Anne-Marie Oomen (WSU Press). Her work has been published in magazines and journals: e.g. The Georgia Review, Nimrod, Quarterly West, Witness, New American Writing, North American Review, and Verse Daily. Foster’s poems have also appeared in anthologies from the U.S. and U.K., been translated in Europe, inspired original music compositions, and have been produced for the stage. She has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and awards from the Arts Foundation of Michigan, ArtServe Michigan, the National Writer’s Voice, and the Academy of American Poets. From 2003-05, she served as the first Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dyer-Ives Foundation for her poetry and advocacy of the literary arts in Michigan. In 2018, she was honored with an Editor’s Choice Award in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Contest. Foster is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College.
About the Book
In The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte, Linda Nemec Foster wonderfully illuminates that most potent of parental fears: the instant when a child slips the frame of care and is wholly gone. What’s left is the empty frame, and a sequence of moments to be filled. How perfect, then, are the paintings of Magritte to ground/un-ground this hyper-attentive sequence, both representational and surreal, where a cloud “resembles / a piranha covered with gold dust” or a “serial killer,” where memory collides with dream and artifice and negation. In every poem, the daughter is not there. But in every harrowing line is a mother’s and poet’s precise, lyric devotion.”
Dennis Hinrichsen, author of Skin Music
“The poems in Linda Nemec Foster’s The Elusive Heroine: My Daughter Lost in Magritte are driven by a Demeter-like grief and outrage at the disappearance of a daughter. In this sequence of compressed quintets, art itself becomes suspect—slippery, gendered, perilous in its power to lure and camouflage—art as huckster, trickster, abductor. Rather than enacting the truism that art saves us, Foster contemplates how we can rescue ourselves from art. “
author of Four-Legged Girl