A 30 year-old poet, Rich Forster was born and raised in Kodiak, Alaska. His maternal heritage is a combination of Aleut, Tlingit, and on his father’s side, German. This combination of influences, including his father’s example as an Alaskan pioneer, has given him a rich perspective on people, cultures, and the natural environment. Through his observations of the land and people, Forster uses his poetry to explore more than the visual sense; his work includes a holistic view of his experience.
Fortunate enough to have been initiated at the Taos Poetry Circus and exposed to Charles Olson’s Projective Verse, Forster has been able to transfer the poem’s energy to the reader and listener. That energy is derived from the idea that a poem begins with the breath—breath is life, life is energy. Now living in Rochester, New York, and having introduced poetry “from page to stage” to all ages, Forster has discovered that poetry is dialogue, creates dialogue, and, can enable others to free themselves of the detriment to which self-consciousness may lead.