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. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Press, 2019), a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. 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’. 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 received the Wyndham Campbell Prize in poetry in 2017. She is visiting professor at Newcastle University, and University Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
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