Woodland Pattern Book Center is excited to host poet, editor, translator, and activist Carolyn Forché!
Carolyn Forché’s books of poetry include Gathering the Tribes, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour, and the forthcoming In the Lateness of the World. She is also the editor of two best-selling poetry anthologies, Against Forgetting and Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English: 1500-2001. She has been widely honored, receiving the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and most recently, The Academy of American Poets Fellowship in Poetry for 2014. She has taught writing and literature for forty years, and has read her poetry around the world. Her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She is Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Forché received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Marquette University in 2011 and currently holds the 2015-16 AMUW Women’s Chair in Humanistic Studies there.
Forché’s most recent book of poetry, Blue Hour, has been hailed as “an eerily beautiful, bruised and persuasive book” in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Forché herself has been called an “unflinching witness and eloquent mourner” in The New Yorker.
Of her latest anthology, Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English: 1500-2001 co-edited with Duncan Wu, Ilya Kaminsky has said: “This book, so passionately and masterfully edited, shows English poetics anew. It shows canonical voices such as Keats and Donne from a completely different perspective and it reintroduces contemporary readers to the genius of some unjustly neglected poets who, out of war and barbarism, out of terror and fear, composed a new music for human survival."