School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Carolyn Forche



Carolyn Forché directed the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice for the past ten years. 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 compiled and edited Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (1993). In 2019, Penguin Press will publish her memoir, What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. She has been a human rights activist for thirty years.