Staff Members


carolynforcheCarolyn Forché, Director

Carolyn Forché is the author of Gathering The Tribes, which received the Yale Younger Poets Award, The Country Between Us, chosen as the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets, The Angel of History, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Blue Hour, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (W. W. Norton, 1993) and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014). A former Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry, Forché is Professor of English and Director of Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.


Aminatta FornaAminatta Forna, Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics

Aminatta Forna is a novelist, memoirist and essayist. She was born in Scotland and raised between Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom. She is the award-winning author of the novels Happiness (2018), The Hired Man (2013), The Memory of Love (2011), and Ancestor Stones (2006). She is also the author of the memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water (2002). Her honors include a Windham Campbell Award from Yale University, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award 2011, and a Hurston Wright Legacy Award, among others. Forna is the current Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Scoial Practice. 


PATRICIA GUZMAN, Program Coordinator

Patricia Guzman is the Program Coordinator at Lannan Center. Born and raised in California, she attended UCLA where she received a BA in English Creative Writing. She then attended The New School in New York City where she earned an MFA in Poetry. Before coming to Lannan Center, Patricia worked at the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in The Adirondack ReviewThe Best American Poetry BlogWhite Stag, and elsewhere.



Jewel Pereyra is a researcher and writer originally from San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of California–Los Angeles with majors in American Literatures and Cultures and Women’s Studies. Her criticism appears in The Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, UC Berkeley’s Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal, and The California Journal of Women Writers, and her poems have been featured in Vagabond: A Multilingual Literary Journal and the Pomona Valley Review. She currently lives in Washington, DC.


Bridget SellersBridget Sellers, 1st YEAR LANNAN GRADUATE ASSOCIATE

Bridget Sellers graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee in 2017 with a BA in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Technical Communication. Her research interests include multimodal poetry, intersections of film and literature, literature of the late twentieth/early twenty-first century, video games as literature, and post-Internet studies. Some of her previous research focused on the culture of slam poetry, poetry of the millennial generation, and the socio-political paradoxes of Haruki Murakami’s oeuvre.