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author of books, roommate of dogs

Articles and Essays by Ken Foster

Essay: What Brought Me to the Voodoo Priestess


As my mother's battle with aplastic anemia came to a close, my father asked me to visit my neighbor, the voodoo priestess.  

Read the Essay at Salon.com

Interview with film director Barbet Schroeder


Back in 2001, I had the great opportunity to have a long discussion with Barbet Schroder about his film "La Virgen de los Sicarios."

Read the interview at Bomb

Essay: The Year I Stayed Home with Dogs


Another essay about grief.  And dogs.  And what we can learn from how they find their place in our world. 

Read the essay at Powells.com

Essay: I am Ironman with a pacemaker


A little bit of levity!  This essay is all about how having a pacemaker makes me JUST LIKE IRONMAN.  

Read the Essay at Salon.com

Essay: New Orleans' Life As a Dog


This started as an essay about the oil spill, but the editor, Sarah Hepola, said "I feel like there's something else you aren't saying." More grieving.

Read the essay at Salon.com

Chasing Duque


In Costa Rica, I visited with organizations that were taking two different approaches to the problem of stray dogs: a sanctuary of castaways and a spay/neuter program that offered services on the streets.

Read at the Bark