Aminatta Forna, Director and Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics
Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Great Britain and spent periods of her childhood in Iran, Thailand and Zambia. She is the award-winning author of the novels Happiness, The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water, and most recently the essay collection, The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion. Forna is the recipient of a Windham Campbell Award from Yale University, has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best Book Award 2011, a Hurston Wright Legacy Award the Liberaturpreis in Germany and the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, and was made OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2017. She is currently Director and Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.
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.
RK Fauth, 2nd year Lannan Graduate Associate
RK graduated summa cum laude from Pace University in New York with a BA in Literature. After college, she received a Fulbright grant to South Korea where she taught high school and edited the Seoul-based literary magazine, Infusion. She spent the last few years working in the University of Tennessee’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships. At Georgetown, RK is a research associate for esteemed poet Carolyn Forché through the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Her capstone project is on contemporary poetry and documentary poetics as they relate to writing the COVID-19 pandemic.