Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program faculty member Patricia Foster will read from her latest novel, Girl from Soldier Creek. “Girl from Soldier Creek is an essential and quintessential American story, as Katherine Soldier, known as Jit, struggles to leave behind the territory of its title— a humid, fecund terrain, a problematic family and its tangle of love, resentment and entrapment. Ji`t is brought to life in prose as fluid as the element she swims in, navigating the myriad failures of love and the complicated bonds of sisterhood.” —Janet Burroway
Foster is the author of All the Lost Girls, Just Beneath My Skin, and the editor of four anthologies, most recently Understanding the Essay (co-edited with Jeff Porter). She is the recipient of a Dean’s Scholar Award, a Yaddo Fellowship, a Florida Arts Council Award, an Iowa Arts & Humanities Award, and has published over fifty essays and stories in Ploughshares, The Sun,Virginia Quarterly Review and other quarterlies. She is a professor in the MFA Program in Nonfiction at UIowa and has taught in France, Australia, Italy, Czech Republic, and Spain.