Carolyn Forché’s five-day intensive class is designed to push experienced poets in provocative new writing directions. The week is dedicated to writing and receiving feedback on new poems.This is a generative, guided workshop designed to help poets write intensively for a week. Different approaches to process and revision will be offered, and participants will write (and revise) two new poems. This workshop is for those who have been writing poetry for at least three years, and who had had some experience with workshop or group critique. We will be reading an eclectic mix of poets (including Nazim Hikmet, Michael Ondaatje, Rene Char, Yannis Ritsos) as well as short passages on poetics.
Carolyn Forché is a poet, translator and editor of the ground-breaking anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness, collecting the work of poets who endured conditions of extremity during the past century. She has published four award-winning books of poetry and three books of poetry in translation. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages and she has given poetry readings throughout the United States and the world. A human rights activist for over thirty years, she was presented in 1998 with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in Stockholm for her work on behalf of human rights and the preservation of memory and culture. She has received fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Lannan Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught poetry and literature for thirty-five years, and holds The Lannan Chair of Poetry at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.