Ashley Hall Life
Ashley Hall Writers Series
Ashley Hall Writers Series presents
An Evening With Carolyn Forché, Poet and Human Rights Advocate
November 4, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Burges Auditorium at Ashley Hall
Open to the public and free of charge.
Ashley Hall is pleased to host award-winning poet of witness, acclaimed memoirist, and human rights advocate Carolyn Forché for a special speaking engagement. Forché has witnessed, contemplated, and woven into poetry many of the most devastating events of twentieth-century world history. According to the New York Times Book Review, Forché’s ability to wed the “political” with the “personal” places her in the company of such poets as Pablo Neruda and Philip Levine. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and in 1998, she received the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture Award for her human rights advocacy and the preservation of memory and culture. Forché’s memoir What You Have Heard Is True, a devastating, lyrical, and visionary book about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others, is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Awards.
Ashley Hall’s Dr. Nick Bozanic will interview Carolyn Forché about her award-winning book What You Have Heard is True and the significance of using literary art to capture historical events.