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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Carolyn Forche is the 2nd Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence (1987)


Carolyn Forche was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950. She holds a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Forche is a writer and human rights advocate who spent several years in El Salvador during the Salvadoran Civil War. Carolyn Forche is particularly interested in addressing the effects of political trauma and upheaval through her poetry. In 1993 she edited an anthology called Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, containing the work of poets who have faced traumas including war, imprisonment, and exile.

Forche's other works include four books of poetry: The Angel of History (1994), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Country Between Us (1982), which received two awards: the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and the Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; Gathering the Tribes (1976), which was selected as part of the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Stanley Kunitz, and Blue Hour (2003). She has also translated several pieces, including Mahmoud Darwish's Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems with Munir Akash (2003), Claribel Alegria's Flowers from the Volcano (1983), and Robert Desnos's Selected Poetry (with William Kulik, 1991).

Forche has taught at several universities, including University of Virginia, Skidmore College, Columbia University, and in the Master of Fine Arts program at George Mason University. At present she serves as Director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; and in 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum.

by Michelle Sands.


Writing Creative nonfiction: Instruction and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs (2001)

Blue Hour (2003)

Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993)

The Angel of History (1994)

El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers (1983)

The Country Between Us (1981)

History and Motivations of U.S. Involvement in the Control of the Peasant Movement in El Salvador: The Role of AIFLD in the Agrarian Reform Process, 1970-1980 (1980), with Philip Wheaton

Gathering the Tribes (1976)

Women in American Labor History, 1825-1935: An Annotated Bibliography 1972), with Martha Jane Soltow and Murray Massre

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