Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os. A coeditor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Art, her writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between the image and text. She's an editor at Fence Magazine, and at The African-American Review. Her poetry, prose, and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Tripwire, boundary2, MiPOESIAS, NYFA Arts Quarterly, the Poetry Project Newsletter, etc. Tonya is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the Ford and the Mellon Foundations, from NYFA. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts and at the Macdowell Artist Colony. Her next collections are a a double-sided book on New Orleans—A Mathematics of Chaos::Thingification (forthcoming from Ugly Presse 2021), and Monkey Talk, a cross-genre series about race, paranoia, aesthestics, and surveillance. She is an Assistant Professor at California College of the Arts who was raised in New Orleans. Her family goes way back in Louisiana.