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Reading by Carolyn Forché

Thursday, April 29, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Poet and memoirist Carolyn Forché will read from her work, sharing selections from her poetry collection In the Lateness of the World and from What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. The reading will be followed by a live Q&A, moderated by assistant professor Valzhyna Mort.

Forché imparts, “I will read poetry concerning human endurance, refuge, and transport. I will also read from a memoir that takes the reader on the journey I took as a young woman to a country on the verge of war.”

According to the Poetry Foundation, “poet, teacher and activist Carolyn Forché has witnessed, thought about, and put into poetry some of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history.”

Carolyn Forché's first volume of poetry, 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. In March, 2020, Penguin Press published her fifth collection of poems, In the Lateness of the World. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Juan E. Mendez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice.” 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. She has received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship and Award. She is one of the first poets to receive the Wyndham Campbell Prize from the Beinecke Library at Yale University, and is a University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

This is the sixth and final virtual event in the Spring 2021 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: Together. Livestream powered by our friends at eCornell.

Free and open to the public

For more information about the Zalaznick Reading Series, visit, email or call 607.255.7847.

This event is presented by the Department of Literatures in English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University

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