California State University International Program Florence



Lee Foust

E-mail: leefoust@gmail.com

Teaches: Fall, Spring

Lee Foust’s first BA came from San Francisco State’s famed creative writing program of the early 1980’s where he studied with Anne Rice, Nanos Valaoritis and Gina Berriault. After an extended stay in Europe writing, he returned to San Francisco State to study Italian Language and Literature, receiving a second BA in 1992. As part of this degree Lee took summer school classes at the Università per Stranieri in Siena, Italy, and attended the Università di Firenze for a full academic year. Lee’s graduate work was done at New York University in the Comparative Literature department where he focused on Italian and English medieval literature under the auspices of John Freccero, Mary Carruthers and Daniel Javitch.

While living in New York Lee co-edited the literary magazine resister—which published excerpts from his novel Inbetween. His prose poems and creative fiction, The Hieroglyphologia, Paradoxa, and Sojourner were all published in Jill Stauffer’s San Francisco-based magazine H2SO4 (which is also now partially available on-line). Another short prose fiction, “Poison and Antidote” was published in Jeff Gburek’s Aql magazine. Lee has also contributed literary essays, short articles and reviews to The Village Voice, H2SO4, and The Spin Alternative Music Guide as well as a translation of Edmund Jabès’ notes on Dante’s Commedia for the magazine Dark Ages Clasp the Daisy Root. He has presented scholarly papers at the British Institute in Florence, NYU’s Comparative Literature graduate student conferences and guest lectured at various schools in Florence. He has also read his poetry and prose extensively in various venues in San Francisco, New York City, Buffalo, NY, and Florence, Italy.
Lee has taught or currently teaches Renaissance and Modern Italian literature and Creative Writing at Studio Art Centers International, Italian Literature, Dante, Creative Writing and various comparative topics for the California State University, Epic Poetry, Boccaccio and Chaucer, Studies in Fiction and The Modern European Novel for Gonzaga University, all three in Florence Italy. He has also taught Italian Literature (modern and pre-modern) and Dante for Richmond College in Florence and the International Studies Institute at Palazza Rucellai as well as a Great Books course at New York University’s Villa La Pietra, also in Florence.

Lee is a licensed tecnico del baseball and bench coaches Florence's baseball team.