As part of the Writers Series, Malone hosted author, poet and essayist Brett Foster November 19. Foster taught a master class entitled “On Imitation and Invention” and read several of his poems in Cattell Library during a public reading.
In the hour-long master class, Foster talked about the importance of imitation in modern poetry. He used classic poems to illustrate their parallels in contemporary works.
During the evening poetry reading, Foster read selections from his poem collection The Garbage Eater, published in 2011. It is currently available in the bookstore, as are titles from other authors in the Writers Series.
“It’s encouraging to come see what’s going on here,” Foster said. “It seems there are exciting things happening here.”
Throughout the day, Foster interacted with many students who showed interest in the Creative Writing program and in poetry. He said he enjoyed talking to them and telling them more about his work.
“It seems like a really warm group of students and faculty,” he said.
The reading also marked the premiere of Café Dante, the Creative Writing program’s café. The students working the café served coffee from Bent Tree Roasters, a company based in Kent.
Foster spoke with students and faculty over coffee, elaborating on his career as a poet and professor. He praised the upcoming writers that are a part of the program.
“Tonight was fun, but there are more great things ahead,” he said.
Foster specializes in Renaissance-era literature and is the author of Shakespeare’s Life. He also lectures at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and teaches writing and literature at Wheaton College in Illinois.