Carolyn 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 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. Her novels are The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stone. In 2002 she published a memoir of her dissident father and Sierra Leone, The Devil that Danced on the Water. All her books have won or been nominated for awards. Aminatta held the post of Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and was Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, MA, in 2011 and 2013. She is the current Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics.
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 Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, White Stag, and elsewhere.
JEWEL PEREYRA, 2ND YEAR LANNAN GRADUATE ASSOCIATE
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 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.