Sesshu Foster. Courtesy The Poetry Loft.

Sesshu Foster (born April 5, 1957) is an American poet.


Foster has taught composition and literature in East Los Angeles, California, for more than 20 years. He has also taught at the University of Iowa, the California Institute of the Arts, and the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Jack Kerouac School's Summer Writing Program. [1] He was in residence at California State University, Los Angeles.[2]


  • 2010 American Book Award for World Ball Notebook
  • 2009 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry for World Ball Notebook
  • 2005 Believer Book Award for Atomik Aztex
  • 1990 American Book Award for Invocation LA: Urban Multicultural Poetry
  • finalist for a PEN Center West Poetry Prize, for City Terrace Field Manual
  • finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize for City Terrace Field Manual


Poetry Edit

  • Angry Days. Los Angeles: West End Press, 1987.
  • City Terrace: Field Manual. New York: Kaya Production, 1996.
  • Atomik Aztex. San Francisco: City Lights, 2005.
  • American Loneliness: Selected Poems. Beyond Baroque, 2006.[3]
  • World Ball Notebook. San Francisco: City Lights, 2008.


  • Invocation L.A.: Urban multicultural poetry (edited with Michèlle T. Clinton & Naomi Helena Quiñonez). Albuquerque, NM: West End Press, 1989.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]


  • Cary Nelson, ed (January 13, 2000). Anthology of Modern American Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195122718. 
  • Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal, Ravi Shankar, ed (April 17, 2008). Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 9780393332384. 
    Ave 50 Studio - Sesshu Foster

    Ave 50 Studio - Sesshu Foster

  • State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. Wave books. ISBN 9781933517339. 

See alsoEdit



  1. Sesshu Foster, City Lights Books. Web, Dec. `9, 2015.
  2. Events, Department of English, California State University.
  3. End of the World: Atomik Aztex, City Lights Booksellers & Publishers Blog, December 5, 2012. Web, Dec. 18, 2015.
  4. Search results = au:Sesshu Foster, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Dec. 18, 2015.

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