Fernando Valverde and Carolyn Forché, poets

poet flyer

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Reading: 6:30 p.m., Presentation Room
(inside the Oxford Road Building)
Book signing to follow


Thursday, February 9, 2023

Poetry, Discussion, and Q&A: 3:30-7pm
(student engagement event with U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón)
Location: Ackerman Hall (Carlos Museum top floor)

Two sessions designed for students but open to all with Fernando Valverde, Carolyn Forché, and Ada Limón. 

  • 3:30-4:30   Writing Poetry in the Landscape of America Today. Interactive session with a small workshop component.
  • 4:30-5:00   Refreshments / Break
  • 5:00-6:00   Writing Poetry and/in Translation. Interactive session with time for conversation with students.
  • 6:00-7:00    Reception


Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Fernando Valverde (Granada, 1980) has been voted the most relevant Spanish-language poet born since 1970 by nearly two hundred critics and researchers from more than one hundred international universities (Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, Princeton, Bologna, Salamanca, UNAM and the Sorbonne).

His books have been published in different countries in Europe and America and translated into several languages. He has received some of the most significant awards for poetry in Spanish, among them the Federico García Lorca, the Emilio Alarcos del Principado de Asturias and the Antonio Machado. His last book, The Insistence of Harm, has been the most-sold book of poetry in Spain for months and has received the Book of the Year award from the Latino American Writers Institute of the City University of New York.

For his collaboration in a work of fusion between poetry and flamenco he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2014.

For ten years he has worked as a journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País.  He directs the International Festival of Poetry in Granada, one of the most important literary events in Europe, that has received more than 300 authors, including several Nobel Prize laureates. Is professor in University of Virginia (Charlottesville, EEUU).

His last bilingual book, America, has been published by Copper Canyon Press with translation by Carolyn Forché. Desgracia (Visor) is his last book.



Carolyn Forché’s first volume, Gathering the Tribes, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was followed by The Country Between Us, The Angel of History, and Blue Hour. Her most recent collection is In the Lateness of the World. She is also the author of the memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary memoir about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others, which was nominated for the 2019 National Book Awards. She has translated Mahmoud Darwish, Claribel Alegria, and Robert Desnos. Her famed international anthology, Against Forgetting, has been praised by Nelson Mandela as “itself a blow against tyranny, against prejudice, against injustice,” and is followed by the 2014 anthology The Poetry of Witness. In 1998 in Stockholm, 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.