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Carolyn Forché

1950- , Detroit , MI , United States
Carolyn Forché

On April 28, 1950, Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan. She studied at Michigan State University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University.

Forché's books of poetry include: Blue Hour (HarperCollins, 2004); The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Country Between Us (HarperCollins, 1982), which received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and Gathering the Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), which was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Stanley Kunitz. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (W. W. Norton, 1993), and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton), forthcoming in January 2014.

Among her translations are Mahmoud Darwish's Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems with Munir Akash (University of California Press, 2003), Claribel Alegria's Flowers from the Volcano (University Of Pittsburgh Press, 1983), and Robert Desnos's Selected Poetry, with William Kulik, (Ecco Press, 1991).

Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum.

In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, given for distinguished poetic achievement.

She is now Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Maryland with her husband.


Selected Bibliography

Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014)
Blue Hour (HarperCollins, 2004)
The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994)
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (W. W. Norton, 1993)
The Country Between Us (HarperCollins, 1982)
Gathering the Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976)

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White. Given lilacs, lilacs disappear. Then low voices rising in walls.
The way they withdrew from the child's body and spoke as if it
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