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Carolyn L Forché




Department of English
General profile


+1 202-687-7435


Office hours

Spring 2015: T 11:00-12:00 and by appt.


Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit in 1950. She is the author of four books of poetry: Gathering The Tribes, which received the Yale Younger Poets Award, The Country Between Us, chosen as the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets, The Angel of History, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Blue Hour, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has translated Flowers from the Volcano and Sorrow by Claribel Alegria, The Selected Poems of Robert Desnos (with William Kulik), and Mahmoud Darwish’s Unfortunately, It Was Paradise (with Munir Akash). She compiled and edited Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (W.W. Norton & Co., 1993). She has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship and other literary and teaching awards, including the Robert Creeley Award in 2005. She has been a human rights activist for thirty years, and in 1998, was presented the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm for her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture. In 2004 she became a trustee of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Canada’s premier poetry award. She serves as Executive Vice President of Cities of Refuge, North America. Forthcoming books include a memoir, The Horse On Our Balcony, (2009, Harper Collins), a book of essays (2010 Harper Collins) and a fifth collection of poems, In the Lateness of the World. She is the Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.