Staff Members


carolynforcheCarolyn Forché, Director

Carolyn Forché is most recently the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019).  She is the author of four books of poetry: 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. She will be on sabbatical during the 2018-2019 academic year.


Aminatta FornaAminatta Forna, Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics and Interim Director 

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 and Interim Director at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. 


Patricia GuzmanPATRICIA 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.


Mary Gallimary galli, Program Assistant

Mary Galli graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. Her primary research interests include 19th and 20th-century literatures and their intersections with human rights, imperialism, literary form, and the relationship between humans and animals. For her Master’s thesis, she plans to analyze the literature of the Congo Reform Association, including works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, and Joseph Conrad. At Georgetown, Mary is the assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in English and the Lannan Center program assistant.


Bridget SellersBridget sellers, 2ND YEAR LANNAN GRADUATE ASSOCIATE

Bridget Sellers graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennesseewith a B.A. in English literature, creative writing, and technical communication. She presently serves as a research assistant through the Lannan Associateship, and her research interests include game studies, new media, and film. Her current research explores the relationship between video games and ecocriticism.



Hannah Ekeh graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2017 with a B.A in English Literature and a minor in French. After graduating, she worked for her alma mater as an assistant in the School of Library and Information Science and as a library associate at the Richland Library in Columbia, SC. Her senior thesis concerning Audre Lorde’s work developed into an interest in feminist and diasporic literature. At Georgetown, Hannah is a first-year Lannan Associate and looks forward to spending the next two years growing as a scholar and writer.