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The Denise Levertov Award

Join us for the 15th Annual Denise Levertov Award with Carolyn Forché!

Friday, October 5, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Hugo House
1634 11th Avenue
Seattle, Washington

Carolyn Forché was born in Detroit, Michigan. She studied at Michigan State University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Forché’s books of poetry include: Blue Hour (HarperCollins, 2004); The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), which received the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Country Between Us (HarperCollins, 1982), which received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award and was the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and Gathering the Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), which was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets by Stanley Kunitz. She is also the editor of Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (W. W. Norton, 1993) and the coeditor of Poetry of Witness: The Tradition in English, 1500-2001 (W. W. Norton, 2014).

Among her translations are Mahmoud Darwish’s Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems with Munir Akash (University of California Press, 2003), Claribel Alegria’s Flowers from the Volcano (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1983), and Robert Desnos’s Selected Poetry, with William Kulik, (Ecco Press, 1991).

Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992, she received the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum. In 2013, Forché received the Academy of American Poets Fellowship, given for distinguished poetic achievement. She is currently director of the Lannan Center for Poetry and Poetics and holds the Lannan Chair in Poetry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Maryland with her husband.

Listen to our podcast interview with Carolyn Forché here:

 

In 2004, Image established the Denise Levertov Award to honor one of the twentieth century’s greatest poets.

The Levertov Award is given annually to an artist, musician, or writer whose work exemplifies a serious and sustained engagement with faith. The occasion is marked by a reading or performance by the award recipient in Seattle, co-sponsored by Seattle Pacific University’s English department and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

DeniseLevertov_NewBioImageDenise Levertov, who spent her last years in Seattle, embraced the landscape and culture of the Pacific Northwest. Particularly in her later poetry, her identity as a Christian believer—a pilgrim whose faith was inextricably entwined with doubt—became another important facet of her work.

Read a personal essay by Murray Bodo about Denise Levertov’s life, work, and faith, originally published in Image issue 27.

About Hugo House

Founded by three Seattle-based writers, Hugo House has been a literary and cultural hub for two decades. Named for Richard Hugo, a poet whose early life was marked by poverty, Hugo House has sought to help people “find and leave a record of who they are” through written work, no matter their circumstances. Since its inception, the nonprofit has hosted panels, classes, events, and writers-in-residence, and worked with artists including Billy Collins and Sharon Olds, among others. For its twentieth anniversary, Hugo House relocated to a new venue in Capitol Hill. Image’s Levertov Award will be one of the first events since Hugo House opened its doors on a new location and a new decade of literary community.

Levertov Award Recipients

2017 | Richard Rodriguez

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2016 | Dana Gioia

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2015 | Bruce Cockburn

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2014 | Scott Cairns

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2013 | Luci Shaw

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2012 | Patricia Hampl

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2011 | Sam Phillips

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2010 | Ron Hansen

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2009 | Eugene Peterson

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2008 | Thomas Lynch

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2007 | Bret Lott

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2006 | Kathleen Norris

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2005 | Franz Wright

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2004 | Madeline DeFrees

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