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Activist Poet is the 2007 Writer in Residence at SU

October 29, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché will present a public reading of her work Nov. 1 as part of The Visiting Writers Series at Susquehanna University. Sponsored by The Writers Institute, the reading, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater, is free to the public.

Forché will be on campus for one week visiting classes as the university's 2007 Writer in Residence. “Having Carolyn Forché 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, professor of English and creative writing, and director of The Writers Institute.

Forché is the author of several books of poetry, including “Blue Hour” (2003), “The Angel of History” (1994) and “The Country Between Us” (1982). Her 1976 collection, “Gathering the Tribes,” earned the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Her work as a writer also includes translations of works by several Hispanic writers, including Claribel Alegría and Mahmoud Darwish. She currently teaches in the MFA program at George Mason University in Virginia.

Forché has also received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to her work as a poet, Forché is a fervent advocate of 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. The award recognized her work for human rights and the preservation of memory and culture.

The next reading hosted by The Writers Institute will be given by poet James Harms at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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