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“Poet of Witness” Carolyn Forché to Read at Creighton University

“Poet of Witness” Carolyn Forché Will Read at Creighton University

Creighton University’s John C. Kenefick Chair in Humanities is hosting a poetry reading with “poet of witness” Carolyn Forché at 6:30 p.m. March 26, in ballroom C of Creighton’s Harper Center located at 630 N. 20th St.. The reading is free to the public.

Though she is often described as a political poet, Forché prefers the title of “poet of witness” as it does not limit the writer to a specific political position.

In 1998, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award, in recognition of her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture.

She is the author of four books of poetry. Her first collection, “Gathering the Tribes,” won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award from Yale University Press. Her second book, “The Country Between Us, received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was also the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. In 1994, her third book of poetry, The Angel of History, was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her fourth book of poems,” Blue Hour,” was published by HarperCollins in Spring 2003.

Forché is a Lannon Visiting Professor of Poetry and professor of English at Georgetown University, her articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, Esquire, Mother Jones and others.