We’re thrilled to announce that Carolyn Forché, for selections from her poetry collection In the Lateness of the World, is a finalist for the 24th Nuestadt International Prize for Literature. The Prize, considered to be “America’s Nobel”, is the most prestigious international literary award given in the US, and comes with a $50,000 cash prize. We’re also delighted to note that for the first time in the history of the Prize, the majority of the finalists are female writers. Congratulations, Carolyn!
Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit in 1950. She is the author of five books of poetry and has been distinguished with the Yale Younger Poets Award, Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets, Los Angeles Times Book Award and Robert Creeley Award. She also has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 2004, she was named a trustee of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Canada’s premier award for poetry. Her fellowships have included the National Endowment for the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. Beyond her writing career, Forché has dedicated herself to advancing human rights, being recognized with the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture in 1998 for her work. Forché is currently a professor of English and director of the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.