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MAHWAH, N.J. — As part of the Readings at Ramapo Series, internationally acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché will be giving a reading virtually on Monday, November 16 from 2:15-3:30 p.m.

The event, followed by a question and answer session, is free and open to the public. Those interested in participating can log on to https://ramapo.webex.com/ramapo/j.php?MTID=mc64d135c4f0507d9ad0a9601acab2e4d

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1950, 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. According to Joyce Carol Oates in the New York Times Book Review, Forché’s ability to wed the “political” with the “personal” places her in the company of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Philip Levine, and Denise Levertov.

Forché is perhaps best known for coining the term “poetry of witness.” In her ground-breaking anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993), Forché described the difficulties of politically-engaged poetry: “We are accustomed to rather easy categories: we distinguish between ‘personal’ and ‘political’ poems…The distinction…gives the political realm too much and too little scope; at the same time, it renders the personal too important and not important enough. If we give up the dimension of the personal, we risk relinquishing one of the most powerful sites of resistance. The celebration of the personal, however, can indicate a myopia, an inability to see how larger structures of the economy and the state circumscribe, if not determine, the fragile realm of the individual.”

The winner of numerous literary awards, Forché is currently University Professor at Georgetown University where she directs the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. More information about her work can be found at https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/carolyn-forche/

For information about this event, please email Ramapo Professor of Literature Lisa Williams at liwillia@ramapo.edu

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