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Carolyn Forché, poetry / memoir

Residency Number: 
Residency Dates: 
Monday, February 18, 2013 to Sunday, March 10, 2013
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Carolyn Forché, poet, ACA Master Artist for Residency #148

Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry and the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness (W.W. Norton & Co., 1993). Her poetry and essays have been translated into twenty-four languages, and she has read her work recently in Iceland, Finland, Vietnam, Libya, Jamaica and Greece. She has translated the works of Robert Desnos, Claribel Alegria and Mahmoud Darwish, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and Lannan Foundation, as well as other literary and teaching awards, including the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, the Lamont Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. In 1998 she received 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. Forthcoming books include a memoir, a book of essays and a fifth collection of poems, In the Lateness of the World. She is Professor of English at English at Georgetown University, where she also directs Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. To learn more, visit

Residency Statement

I would like to share the productive solitude and inspiring community of the Atlantic Center with poets and also writers of prose in short forms who would like to make significant progress on current projects, begin new work, and explore unusual revision methods. I will share my practice, and meet with you as a group four times a week and also individually. Bring copies of works-in-progress (up to twelve pages), and prepare to write intensively and to be surprised. 

Application Requirements

  • Letter of Intent: please include a information about yourself, your work at present, and why you would like to join Carolyn Forché at ACA (.doc, .docx, or .pdf file)
  • 12 - 15 pages of work: poetry or prose. Please combine into one document if possible (.doc, .docx, or .pdf file)

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available for writers through The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Advance an Artist Program. Upon notification of acceptance, artists requesting financial assistance must submit ACA Financial Aid forms. More information can be found on the Residency Details page.


Carolyn Forché is a Pabst Cultural Endowed Master Writer