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Acclaimed Poet to Read at Susquehanna

September 8, 2006

SELINSGROVE, ( Pa. ) – Carolyn Forché will read from her poetry as part of the 2006-2007 Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by The Writers' Institute at Susquehanna University. The reading will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, in Degenstein Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Forché is the author of several books of poetry, including Gathering the Tribes (1976), The Country Between Us (1982), The Angel of History (1994), and most recently, Blue Hour, which was published in 2003. Her work as a writer also includes translations of several Hispanic writers. In 1977, Forché traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegría. Forché has also worked in El Salvador as a human rights activist.

Upon the release of The Country Between Us, Joyce Carol Oates, in a book review in The New York Times, raved, “Carolyn Forché is blunt, unremitting, candid…but her voice is never shrill or strident, and the horrific visions are nearly always contained within fully realized poems.”

Forché's first collection, Gathering the Tribes, earned her the prestigious Yale Series of Younger Poets Award (1976), and she has received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award. 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. She has held several fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship.

Forché's articles and reviews have been published in renowned publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Esquire. Currently, Forché teaches in the master of fine arts program in poetry at George Mason University in Virginia.

Forché is the first of six writers scheduled to read at Susquehanna during the 2006-2007 school year. Books by Forché will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. The next reading will be given by Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, in Isaacs Auditorium of Seibert Hall.

 Contact: Victoria Kidd
570-372-4119

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