M.K. Foster is a poet and Renaissance literature scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review; The Gettysburg Review; Crazyhorse; Crab Orchard; The Columbia Review; Gulf Coast; Rattle; The Account; The Adroit Journal; The Offing; JuxtaProse; The Journal; Fourteen Hills; Sixth Finch; B O D Y; Word Riot; H.O.W. Journal; Ninth Letter; Read America(s); and elsewhere. Her poetry has also been recognized with the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize (selected by Stanley Plumly), an Academy of American Poets Prize (selected by Sally Keith), two Pushcart Prize nominations (2015), and Best of the Net nominations in 2016 and 2019, as well as inclusion in both Best New Poets 2017 (selected by Natalie Diaz) and Best New Poets 2019 (selected by Cate Marvin). In Fall 2020, Foster's fiction was a 'Top 10' selection for The Molotov Cocktail's 'Flash Monster' prize issue. Grounded in early modern ecocriticism and the history of science, Foster's academic research focuses on spectacular monstrosity and horror in the natural world, a vein of interests that has led to such diverse subjects as 'monftrous rayne', fossilized shark teeth, mass extinction events, and Wunderkammer. Her recent projects include her dissertation on figurations of the Flood in early modern Europe, her analysis of gyaunts in The Spenser Review, and her chapter on apex predators in New Studies on Print Episteme in the Early Modern World, a forthcoming critical volume which she is also co-editing. Additionally, Foster is the grateful recipient of several fellowships and grants for her creative and academic work, including an Artist Grant to the Vermont Studio Center, a National Alumni Association Fellowship, and two Grants-In-Aid to the Folger Shakespeare Library. She holds a BA from Birmingham-Southern College and an MFA from the University of Maryland, and having successfully defended her dissertation in December 2020, she will graduate this spring with her PhD from the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama. As of Fall 2020, Foster serves as Assistant Lecturer of English and Co-Director of the Writing Center at Birmingham-Southern College.