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We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Brett Foster, who passed away on November 9, 2015 at age forty-two. Brett earned his MA in the BU Creative Writing Program in 1996, where he studied poetry with Robert Pinsky.

Most recently, Brett was Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College, where he taught a variety of creative writing and Renaissance literature courses. His books of poetry include Fall Run Road, winner of the Open Chapbook Competition in 2011; and The Garbage Eater, a finalist for the Drake University Emerging Writer award, which was selected for the Debut Poets feature in Poets & Writers in 2011. His other books include Shakespeare’s Life, Shakespeare Through the Ages: The Sonnets, Shakespeare Through the Ages: Hamlet, and Rome. Brett earned a BA from the University of Missouri, an MA from Boston University, and a PhD from Yale University, and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, among many other honors and awards.

Brett was a cherished professor, mentor, and friend to BU MFA alum Daniel Leonard (Poetry 2015). We are honored to share a eulogy that Daniel wrote for Brett, here.




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