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| Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in London. She has published five poetry collections. Her latest, What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo, published by Seren in 2010 (UK) and Black Lawrence Press in 2011 (US), was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Two of her previous books, The Zoo Father (Seren, 2001) and The Huntress (Seren, 2005), were also shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and were Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and Independent. In 2004 the Poetry Book Society selected her as one of the Next Generation Poets. Pascale was Poetry Editor of Poetry London from 1989 to 2005 (now a Trustee), and is a co-founding tutor of The Poetry School. She currently teaches poetry courses in the galleries at Tate Modern, tutors for the Arvon Foundation, Taliesin Trust, The Poetry School and is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Go to Pascale Petit’s blog to hear her read in the Royal Festival Hall to over 2,000 people in the reading for the T.S. Eliot Prize, for which What the Water Gave Me was shortlisted.
Rebecca Foust was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a hub of railroading, coalmining and other industries until the middle of the last century. She attended Smith College and Stanford Law School on scholarships and practiced law in San Francisco for ten years. Three kids and many years of Special Ed advocacy later, she enrolled in Warren Wilson’s MFA program, graduating in 2010. All That Gorgeous, Pitiless Song won the Many Mountains Moving Book Award and was released the same year, as was God, Seed: Poetry & Art About the Natural World (Tebot Bach), and both are finalists for the 2010 Foreword Book of the Year Award. Mom’s Canoe (Texas Review Press, 2009) and Dark Card (Texas Review Press, 2008) received the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize in consecutive years. Foust’s recent poetry is published or forthcoming in The Hudson Review, The Humanist, North American Review, Poetry Daily, The Sewanee Review, and other journals.