SummerWords 2015: Carolyn Forchè
SummerWords is American River College’s annual creative writing festival with workshops, panel discussions, and readings. Carolyn Forchè was the keynote speaker at this year’s event.
00:00 Opening Remarks by Dr. Thomas Greene
04:36 Carolyn Forchè Introduction by Harold Schneider
13:29 Carolyn Forchè
13:56 The Light Keeper
17:47 Early Life
22:22 For Ileya
29:02 The Lost Suitcase
35:12 The Visitor
39:38 The Ghost of Heaven
45:44 Letter to a City Under Siege
49:15 Light Sleep
53:49 Morning on the Island
57:40 What Comes
Carolyn Forchè’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture.
Carolyn Forché is the Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University, and she is currently at work on a memoir.