Linda Nemec Foster
was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1950 and grew up in the Slavic working-class neighborhood of Maple Heights, Ohio (a suburb of Cleveland). Her parents, John Niemiec and Helen Kumor Niemiec, were both children of immigrants from southern Poland.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont.
Foster's poetry has been published in over 200 literary journals (for example, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, North American Review, New American Writing, and Quarterly West), translated into Polish, exhibited in galleries and museums, and produced for the stage (in the play Still Life with Conversation). She is the author of seven collections of poetry including Living in the Fire Nest (finalist for the Poet's Prize) and Amber Necklace from Gdansk (finalist for the Ohio Book Award in Poetry). Her latest book, Listen to the Landscape, is a collaboration with artist Dianne Carroll Burdick and was a finalist for the 2007 Michigan Notable Book Award. In 2007 she collaborated with jazz musician, Steve Talaga, on Contemplating the Heavens which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. A new poetry chapbook, Ten Songs from Bulgaria, will be published in 2008 by Cervena Barva Press. Foster has received awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts, National Writer's Voice of New York City, and the Academy of American Poets. She is the founder of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College and currently is a member of the Series' programming committee.
Poet and writer Thomas Lynch wrote of Amber Necklace from Gdansk:
"Place and people, language, history, habitat and blood: the free range of Linda Nemec Foster's richly textured witness is a gift--
these poems, jewels."