Carolyn Forche (b. 1950). Born in Detroit, Forché earned a B.A. in international relations and creative writing at Michigan State University in 1972. After graduate study at Bowling Green State University in 1975, she taught at a number of universities, including the University of Arkansas, Vassar, and Columbia. She won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1976 for her first collection, Gathering the Tribes. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Lamont Award (1981).
Forché was a journalist for Amnesty International in El Salvador in 1983 and Beirut correspondent for the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered."
Her works include two collections of poetry, The Country between Us (1981) and The Angel of History (1994), both embodying her passionate preoccupation with the dehumanizing effects of political repression.