Christa Forster, Professional CV

Christa Forster


The Kinkaid School, Houston, TX, Upper School English Teacher, August 2010 - Present
Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX, Education Program Consultant, Feb. 2010 - Oct. 2010
MJF Consulting, Laguna Beach, California, Editor for Regulatory Affairs newsletter, 2003 - 2012
Spacetaker, Houston, Development and Grant Writing Consultant, 2007-present
Forster Learning, Houston, TX, Academic Consultant and Writing Coach, 2005-2012
DDI Executive Recruiting/Capital 4, Houston, Recruiter and Strategy Consultant, 2006 - 2007
St. John’s School, Houston, Upper School English Faculty, 1999-2005
·       Courses Taught: British & Commonwealth Literature, World Literature, Literary Non-Fiction
·       Emphasized using visual texts as prompts for writing and connections to literature
Jesse H. Jones High School, Houston, Vanguard English Faculty, 1995-1999
·       Courses Taught:  AP English Lit., World Literature, Creative Writing, Writing & Photography
·       Assistant Vanguard Program Coordinator, 1998
·       Participating Teacher in” Screening America” Program, 1997-1999
·       Art Access Fellow in Photography, Glassell School of Art, 1998 and 1999
Writers in the Schools, Writer in Residence, 1991-present
·       Writer in Residence: the Menil Collection, HSPVA, MD Anderson Cancer Center Pediatric Classroom, The Rice School/La Escuela Rice, Summer Teacher Writing Workshops 1991- 1999, 2004
Inprint, Inc., Houston, Poetry Writing Instructor, 2003-present
Rice University Center for Education, Houston, 1995-2000
·       Planned, implemented, and evaluated professional development writing workshops for educators
University of Houston. Teaching Assistant, 1990–1994
·       Courses Taught:  Composition (1303) and Rhetoric (1304), Intro to Drama, Intro to Fiction
Johns Hopkins University, Center for Talented Youth, Writing Faculty, 1990-1995
·       Taught “Writing and Society.”  This course emphasized Visual Literacy and written analyses of      Visual Rhetoric in painting, photography, film, television, advertisements
Arte Publico Press, Houston, 1994
·       Research Assistant for “Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage” project
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA, Group Visitor Program Coordinator, 1989-1990
Touchdown Publications, San Francisco, Copy Editor, 1989
The San Clemente News, San Clemente, CA, Features Reporter, 1988-1989

University of Houston M.F.A Creative Writing, Poetry, 1994
University of St. Thomas, Studies in Secondary Education, Alternative Certification Intern, 1999
Loyola Marymount University B.A., English and Spanish, cum laude, 1989
Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, Literatura del Siglo Oro y Plata, 1987-1988

Service and Volunteer Experience
Powerful Learning Practice Team Member, 2011-present
Member of the Houston Grant Writers Network, Houston, TX, 2008-2009
Board Director, Spacetaker, 2004-2007
Founding Board Director, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, Houston, 1996-2004
St. John’s School, Featured Speaker, Fine Arts Chapel, 1999 and 2005
Inprint, Inc., Book Talk on Jeffrey Eugenides, Brazos Bookstore, 2004
Lawndale Arts Center, Teaching Writer, Saturday Teen Workshop, 2004
Writers In the Schools, Keynote Speaker at Annual Meeting, 1999
Jesse H. Jones One Act Play Festival, Houston, Director, 1996-1999
Poetry Editor, Gulf Coast, 1992–1994
The Grantsmanship Center, Participant in weeklong grant writing workshop, Houston, April 2008
National Performance Network Conference, Panelist, New Orleans, LA, 2004
Naropa Institute, Summer Writing Program, Participant, Boulder, CO, 2003
Theater Communications Group National Conference, Participant, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED), Participant, Houston, 2001
Reforming Our Schools, Facilitator, Rice University, Houston, 1998
Common Ground, Participant, University of Houston, summers 1997 and 1998
SXSW, Musical Performer, Austin, TX 1998
Advanced Placement Conference, Participant, Dallas, TX 1995
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented Conference, Participant, Austin, TX 1997

Individual Artist Fellowship, Houston Arts Alliance, Literature, 2009
Albee Competitive Playwriting Seminars, March 2004
Diverse Works Houston Performing Arts Residency, 2003
Individual Artist Fellowship, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Literature, 2002
CACHH Neighborhood Arts Program Award, 1999
Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Award, 1997
Art Access Fellow in Photography, Glassell School of Art, Houston, 1996-1997
Individual Artist Fellowship, CACHH, Literature, Houston, 1994
Barthelme Creative Writing Fellowship, Poetry, Houston, 1990
Stella Earhardt Academic Fellowship, University of Houston, 1990
Best Non-Fiction Essay, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 1989


                New Earthworks (Perspectives on Contemporary Sculpture), ed. Twylene Moyer and Glenn Harper, 2012
                  “All Over the Place: Artist District as Diaspora” (Cite 78, 2009)
                  “Preview of No Zoning: Houston Artists Engaging the City” (Cite 78, 2008)
                  “Made From Ike: Out of Destruction, Creation” (Cite 76, 2008)
                  “Scrapbook” (Clutch and Shuffle, spring 2006)
                  “How Does Your Garden Grow: The Work of Mara Adamitz Scrupe” (Sculpture, winter 2005)