Faculty, Fellows and Visiting Artists

Faculty

The ITI faculty offer a wide variety of approaches to the written and visual arts. All are working contemporary artists who publish and exhibit their work in national and international contexts. Our faculty are dedicated to innovative approaches and traditions that value psychologically, culturally and politically engaged work.

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster

Tonya M. Foster (Faculty) was raised in New Orleans, LA. She is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court, which critic Stephen Burt describes as “the long-delayed American apotheosis of haiku form.” In a review, poet Patricia Spears Jones notes that “Foster’ s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions, and logic—she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction.” A coeditor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Foster’s work has been published in Best American Experimental Writing (2016), boundary2, Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015, Callaloo, MiPoesias, Western Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere. Foster has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center, CUNY, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Pan African literary Festival, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature, and of Graduate Writing at California College of the Arts.