Retired Professor Emeritus in English Dickinson State University; Dickinson, ND Sinte Gleska University (Lakota Sioux University); Mission, SD University of Nebraska; Lincoln, NE
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Dickinson State University’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year, 2011 Second prize 2011 High Plains Writers Contest, “Nitroglycerin” Second Prize Fiction Contest, The Reader (2001) Nebraska Literature Festival (1994) Else (acting award) Lincoln Community Playhouse (1994) Academy of American Poets, honorable mention (1994) Academy of American Poets, honorable mention (1992) Recognition Award for Contributions for Students (1992) Recognition Award for Contributions for Students (1991) Nominated for the Robinson Award (excellence in critical writing) (1990) Awards for scholarship, University of South Dakota, (1986-87, 1987-88) Sioux Falls Citizen of the Week. KSFY (1974)
Ph. D. in English, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE) Masters in English, University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD) Bachelor of Arts in Speech, Drama, and Math, Augustana (Sioux Falls, SD)
Karen Foster obtained her Master’s in English in 1988 from the University of South Dakota and her Ph.D. in English in 1994 from the University of Nebraska. Her recent position since 2005 was that of associate professor of English at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND. She chaired numerous committees, one of which was Heart River Writers, a campus organization instrumental in bringing noted writers to campus. In Dickinson, she helped to create an amateur theatre organization, Sneak Pique. Over the years, she has acted numerous roles for various community and university theatres. For Sneak Pique, she directed The Marriage of Bette and Boo and also portrayed Martha in Arsenic and Old Lace and Lettuce in Lettuce and Lovage. In 2011 her peers awarded her Distinguished Teacher of the year. She retired in 2014 as professor emeritus and moved to Sioux Falls. As a creative writer, Karen’s poems been published in Fireweed, Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Redneck Review, New York Quarterly, Classifieds, Hurricane Alice, Pentimento, Original Van Gogh’s Ear, and others. Recently one of her poems, “Nitroglycerin,” won third place in High Plains Writers’ Contest. One of her haikus placed 170 out of 15,000 entries and earned a position on Maven, a 2013 Mars probe that will record atmospheric data. Her poem “Breast” was recently published in Fathers and What Must Be Said and broadcasted live in January 2015, at Spinning Wheel Bar in County Cork, Ireland. Her short stories have been published in Briar Cliff Review, Big Ugly Review, Tower Review, and others. A story, “The Dog,” won third place in a contest held by The Reader, an Omaha arts magazine. Stained Glass, one of her three plays, has been performed at the Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lincoln, NE. She is the mother of three beautiful adult children and the grandmother of three very exciting grandchildren.