TONIGHT AT 7PM: CAROLYN FORCHE | FREE PUBLIC READING

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Writers Read at Concordia is pleased to present American poet, editor, translator and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché for a public reading on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7PM in room 767 of the Henry F. Hall Building (H-767) at Concordia University (1455 De Maisonneuve W. Blvd.).

Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry. Her first poetry collection, Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. In 1977, she traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegría, and upon her return, received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to El Salvador, where she worked as a human rights advocate. Her second book, The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was also the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her third book of poetry, The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Blue Hour is her fourth collection of poems (HarperCollins, 2003). She is currently at work on a memoir of her years in El Salvador, Lebanon, South Africa, and France.

 

To Hell and Back, With Poetry

“When we read the poem as witness, we are marked by it and become ourselves witnesses to what it has made present before us. Language incises the page, wounding it with testimonial presence, and the reader is marked by encounter with that presence. Witness begets witness. The text we read becomes a living archive.” — Carolyn Forché

Click on the photo below for an interesting article by Carolyn Forché on the meaning of “witness” in poetry. Forché will be visiting Concordia with Writers Read on March 14th.

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