Due to COVID-19, Carolyn Forché’s visit has been tentatively rescheduled for Fall 2021. Detials coming soon.
CAHI is delighted to present renowned “poet of witness” and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché. Forché is the author of five books of poetry and two anthologies, as well as the memoir, What You Have Heard is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary book about her work as a human rights advocate in El Salvador in the late 1970s. What You Have Heard is True received the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Forché has translated works by Claribel Alegría, Robert Desnos, and Mahmoud Darwish, and written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Esquire, Mother Jones, and more. Her first poetry collection, Gathering the Tribes (1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. Since then, her work has been recognized by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2013, Forché won the Academy of American Poets Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. “For her steady gaze into the abyss and for her crafted house of awakened human heavens where she calls us to live,” said academy chancellor Juan Felipe Herrera, “we celebrate and recognize Carolyn Forché and her heroic career: gathering word-by-word embers ... to face and save lives. Before they are disappeared.”
Forché’s newest collection, In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), is a tenebrous book of crossings, of migrations across oceans and borders but also between the present and the past, life and death.