Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Dennis Nurkse and Carolyn Forche

Epsilon Spires 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301

Dennis Nurkse
A Country of Strangers

D Nurkse is the author of eleven previous books of poetry. His many honors include a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

His poems have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and The Paris Review; he has taught poetry in prison, and, as Brooklyn poet laureate, in local schools and the public library system. 

He has also worked for human rights organizations. A resident of Brooklyn, he currently teaches in the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College.

Carolyn Forché
In the Lateness of the World

Carolyn Forché is an American poet, translator, and memoirist. Her books of poetry are Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us, Gathering the Tribes, and her new collection, In the Lateness of the World

Her memoir, What You Have Heard Is True, was published by Penguin Press in 2019. In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship given for distinguished poetic achievement. 

In 2017, she became one of the first two poets to receive the Windham-Campbell Prize. 

She is a University Professor at Georgetown University and lives in Maryland with her husband, photographer Harry Mattison.

“An undisputed literary event,” NPR announced on the recent publication of Carolyn Forche’s new book In The Lateness of the World and Hilton of New Yorker summed up the import of this timely, prophetic book in this way: “History—with its construction and its destruction—is at the heart of In the Lateness of the World. . . . In [it] one feels the poet cresting a wave—a new wave that will crash onto new lands and unexplored territories.” 

What a joy to have this overview of D. Nurske’s marvelous poems, Ilya Kaminsky writes about A Country of Strangers. He is a master of  the lyric mode, one in whose hands the lines come immediately alive, magic breathes, nuance shimmers and becomes the world all its own. Doors open into the unknown and we see that it is strangely familiar because strangeness is, in fact, our first language, one we mouthed before words. Welcome to A Country of Strangers, reader–don’t be surprised if by the time you finish this terrific book you might feel changed, and at home.”

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Tim Mayo
Tim Mayo
The Brattleboro Retreat, Teacher & Mental Health Worker
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