Poet, Activist Carolyn Forché at UHD Jan. 23
By Mike Emery
The University of Houston-Downtown has long hosted acclaimed authors, poets and artists. To kick off 2020, the institution continues this trend with a visit from acclaimed author, educator and activist Carolyn Forché.
Forché will deliver a free reading at UHD’s Welcome Center at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 23. This event is presented by the Department of English and open to the public. Tickets are available here.
Forché’s recent memoir, “What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance,” which recounts her experiences in the early 1980s in El Salvador during its civil war. The book was among the top five finalists for the 2019 National Book Award and earned the 2019 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.
Known for her “poetry of witness,” Forché has documented social injustices and her own life experiences through her writings. Other works include “The Horse on Our Balcony” (2010), “Blue Hour” (2003); “The Angel of History” (1994); “Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness” (1993); and many other collections of essays, poems and translations.
Her work has earned Forché the Robert Creeley Award, the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Edita and Ira Morris Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace and Culture, and the Denise Levertov Award. For her commitment as a poet, Forché has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Lannan Foundation.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).
For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.