Spring Poetry Festival: Carolyn Forché

April 22, 2015 (All day) - April 23, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
RCAH Theater
362 Bogue Street, Snyder-Phillips Hall, Terrace Level
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

On Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m., join the Center for Poetry in welcoming Michigan poet Carolyn Forché for a reading in the RCAH Theater. On Thursday, April 23 at 3 p.m. in Main Library Room W449, there will be a conversation with the poet.

About Carolyn Forché

Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Detroit native and Michigan State University alumna Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry. Her first poetry collection, Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. In 1977, she traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegría, and upon her return, received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to El Salvador, where she worked as a human rights advocate. Her second book, The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was also the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her third book of poetry, The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Blue Hour is her fourth collection of poems (HarperCollins, 2003). She is currently at work on a memoir of her years in El Salvador, Lebanon, South Africa, and France.