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Please Welcome Joel, Rebecca, and Tonya

By Travis Nichols

As we salute Annie and Martin and Camille for their service here on Harriet (salutes!), we welcome Joel Brouwer, Tonya Foster, and Rebecca Wolff (hugs!).  The former three will, we hope, continue to post from time to time, but the the full-time conversation is now in the hands of Joel, Rebecca, Tonya, and Eileen Myles.  Praise be!

A little background on your new friends:


Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems, most recently, The King (W. W. Norton, 2009), and is the founding editor and publisher of Fence and Fence Books. She is a program fellow at the New York State Writers Institute and lives in Athens, New York with her family-of-choice.

Tonya Foster is the author of poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published in a variety of journals including Callaloo, The Hat, and Western Humanities Review. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna Press) and co-editor of Third Mind: Creative Writing Through Visual Art. She is currently completing a cross-genre piece on New Orleans, and Monkey Talk, an inter-genre piece about race, paranoia, and surveillance. A recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a Magnet Fellowship, and a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, she is a currently a PhD candidate in the Graduate Center’s English Department at CUNY.

Joel Brouwer is the author of three books of poems: Exactly What Happened (Purdue, 1999), Centuries (Four Way Books, 2003), and And So (Four Way Books, 2009). He has held fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Chelsea, Crazyhorse, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, The Progressive, Tin House, Washington Post Book World, and other publications. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at the University of Alabama.


We’re very pleased to have you here.  Welcome!

Comments (7)

  • On July 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm duane sosseur wrote:

    ….welcome Joel, Rebecca and tonya! I’m new to this place as well….I only found the poetry foundation and Harriet just recently. Glad to have you here, and I look forward to reading more…

  • On July 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm John Oliver Simon wrote:

    Welcome to the food fight, guys! Crying from the letters of my name…

  • On July 8, 2009 at 1:32 pm Sina Queyras wrote:

    Tonya, how great to see you here! And Rebecca too!

    And Joel, a new name for me.

    Looking forward to your posts.

  • On July 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm Annie Finch wrote:

    Hey Travis, we wouldn’t mind a goodbye hug as well ( : …
    Welcome Rebecca, Tonya and Joel, and enjoy Harriet-==there’s no place quite like her.

  • On July 8, 2009 at 5:47 pm Terreson wrote:

    A hearty goodbye hug to Annie, Martin, and Camille. Ya’ll have tickled my brain more than once, more than twice. I should like to still be able to pick your brains in return.

    And now I also look forward to how Rebecca Wolff, Tonya Foster, and Joel Brouwer strut their stuff. Dance card is in hand.


  • On July 9, 2009 at 12:56 am Michael James wrote:

    Is it weird I’m giddy to see what posts they roll out with?

    Even if it is… I’m giddy.

  • On July 9, 2009 at 12:10 pm Annie Finch wrote:

    Thanks Terreson!

Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, July 8th, 2009 by Travis Nichols.