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April 11, 2014
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Visiting Writers Series to host poet

Carolyn Forchè
Poet Carolyn Forchè will read from her work as part of The Writers Institute's Visiting Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Degenstein Theater.

Forchè is the author of several books of poetry, including her most recent collection, "Blue Hour" (2003), as well as "Gathering the Tribes" (1976), "The Country Between Us" (1982) and "The Angel of History" (1994). "Gathering the Tribes" earned her the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1976. Forchè has also received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award.

Her work as a writer also includes translations of works by several Hispanic writers, including Claribel Alegrìa and Mahmoud Darwish.

Forchè's articles and reviews have been printed in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Esquire, among others.

She has held several fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow-ship, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

In addition to her work as a poet, Forchè has also worked in human rights. She spent time in El Salvador as a human rights activist. In Stockholm, she was awarded the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award in recognition of her work for human rights and the preservation of memory and culture.

Currently, Forchè teaches in the master of fine arts program in poetry at George Mason University in Virginia.

In addition to her reading Thursday night, Forchè will be on campus visiting with classes for a one-week residency. "Having Carolyn Forchè on campus for a week is a wonderful opportunity for our students to interact with not only a wonderful poet, but also an extraordinary human being," said Gary Fincke, director of the Writers' Institute.

Karla Kelsey, a professor of the Writers Institute who specializes in poetry, said, "Carolyn Forchè has long been one of my favorite poets."

"When Forchè came last year to visit and give a reading, she came just for the afternoon and evening," Kelsey said. "We are so fortunate to have her here for the week, and I am excited for the many students who will get to know her better through her time here."

Forchè is the second of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2007-08 school year. Books by Forchè will be available for purchase and signing following the reading.

The next reading hosted by the Writers Institute will be by poet James Harms on Feb. 7 in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.


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