Poetry of Witness Panel (2017)

Poetry of Witness: Where the Personal Meets the  Political — A Panel Discussion on Writing and Witnessing in an Age of Resistance with Carolyn Forché, Major Jackson, Charles Simic,  & Nicole Sealey and host Chard deNiord

In response to the question of how to take ultimate responsibility for each  other—a question posed by  Carolyn Forché  in the introduction to her and  Daniel Wu’s seminal anthology  The Poetry of Witness —this panel of poets  and writers at this year’s Brattleboro Literary Festival will engage in a  discussion on just how this question resounds on their work in the context  of today’s political climate and each panel member’s individual life.

Carolyn Forché ’s books of poetry include  Blue Hour ,  The Angel of History ,  and  The Country Between Us.  In 2017, she became one of the first two poets  to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize. She lives in Maryland with her  husband.

Major Jackson  is a professor and the author of four collections of poetry,  including his latest collection,  Roll Deep , which won the 2016 Vermont Book  Award. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

Charles Simic  was born in the former Yugoslavia in 1938. He is the author  of more than twenty books of poetry and won the Pulitzer Prize for  Poetry for his book of prose poems,  The World Doesn’t End.  His latest book  of poetry is  The Lunatic . He served as United States Poet Laureate from  2007 to 2008. Simic has been a U.S. citizen since 1971 and lives in New  Hampshire.

Nicole Sealey  was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and raised  in Florida. She is the author of  Ordinary Beast , forthcoming in fall 2017,  29 and  The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named.  She is the executive  director at the Cave Canem Foundation.

Recorded at Brooks Memorial Library on October 15, 2017 by Maria Dominguez.

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