Introduction

Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché profile photo for Kendal Poetry Festival 2021
Photo credit: Don J. Usner

Festival Poet

Carolyn Forché is one of America’s most important contemporary poets – renowned as a ‘poet of witness’ – as well as an indefatigable human rights activist. Her latest collection In the Lateness of the World, a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was published by Bloodaxe in 2020, when she also won a Lannan Award for her poetry. Her memoir What You Have Heard Is True: a memoir of witness and resistance was published by Penguin in 2019 at the same time as Bloodaxe’s UK reissue of her 1981 collection The Country Between Us, which drew on her experiences in El Salvador before and during the civil war. Her other collections have comprised work written over many years: The Angel of History in 1994 and Blue Hour in 2003, both from Bloodaxe. Her landmark anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (Norton, 1993), was followed by Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English: 1500-2001 (Norton, 2014), edited with Duncan Wu. She is a University Professor at Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University in the UK. She co-edited the anthology The Mighty Stream: Poems in celebration of Martin Luther King (Bloodaxe Books / Newcastle University, 2017) with Jackie Kay.


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