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Join The New Yorker‘s Hilton Als as he continues his residency exploring the ways poets and poetry reflect contemporary American life.
He’ll be joined by award-winning poet Carolyn Forché, author of What You Have Heard Is True, a new memoir of her life of witness and resistance around the world, and Native American writer Natalie Diaz, who’s written When My Brother Was an Aztec and the upcoming Postcolonia Love Poem.
Carolyn Forché’s books of poetry are Blue Hour, The Angel of History, The Country Between Us and Gathering the Tribes.
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. What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance is Forché’s first prose book. Forché lives in Maryland with her husband, the photographer Harry Mattison.
Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for Talk of the Town. He became a staff writer in 1994, a theater critic in 2002 and chief theater critic in 2013. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing, a George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the American Academy’s Berlin Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his work at The New Yorker in 2017. He is the author of the critically acclaimed White Girls, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014, and a Professor at Columbia University’s Writing Program. Als lives in New York City.
The Way We Live Now: Hilton Als and America’s Poets looks at the ways poets and poetry reflect contemporary life. Whether Als is talking to Native American writer Natalie Diaz about her culture’s marginalization, or Shane McCrae’s lyrics about homelessness and difference, The Way We Live Now puts poets at the center of the conversation as it concerns America, its goals, aspirations, defeats and realities.