CAROLYN FORCHÉ is a poet, translator, essayist and human rights activist. She is the author of four books of poetry: Gathering The Tribes, winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, winner of the LA Times Book Award, and Blue Hour, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her translations include Flowers from the Volcano and Sorrow by Claribel Alegria, Selected Poems of Robert Desnos, and other works. She edited Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and Lannan Foundation, and the Robert Creeley Award, the Levinson Prize, among others. She is a trustee of the Griffin Trust. The Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001, is forthcoming in 2014, along with a memoir, a book of essays, and a poetry collection. She teaches and is Director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.