"Mom's Canoe" is a chapbook of 24 poems rooted in the author's memories of growing up in the Allegheny Mountains in western Pennsylvania, an area of rich farmland and thickly wooded hills and valleys that was also the site of heavy coal mining and rail-roading activity in the last century. The eventual decline of those industries and the environmental and economic devastation left in their wake are important themes in this book, which also pays tribute to the enduring natural beauty of the region and to the strength, suffering, and joy of the people who have made their lives there.
REBECCA FOUST lives with her husband and three teenagers in Northern California. She graduated from Smith College and Stanford Law School and is starting Warren Wilson's low residency MFA program in January 2008. Her journal publications include Atlanta Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, Margie, Nimrod International Journal, North American Review and South Carolina Review. Her full length manuscript recently was a finalist for Poetry's 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award.