Staff Members

Aminatta Forna, Director and Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics

Aminatta Forna

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 Director and Lannan Foundation Chair of Poetics at the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. 


Patricia Guzman, Program Coordinator

Patricia Guzman

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.


RK Fauth, 2nd year Lannan Graduate Associate

RK Fauth

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.