Inprint, Houston’s premier literary arts nonprofit organization, presents an enthralling evening with National Book Award finalists Carolyn Forché, renowned poet and translator, and Carmen Maria Machado, genre-bending fiction writer, as part of the 2019-2020 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series on Monday, January 27th, 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm), at Hubbard Stage, Alley Theatre. Both authors will read from their new memoirs What You Have Heard Is True and In the Dream House and participate in an onstage conversation with Houston novelist and UH-Downtown faculty member Daniel Peña, followed by a book sale and signing where audience members can meet the authors. Further information and $5 general admission tickets are available through Inprint’s website, www.inprinthouston.org.
CAROLYN FORCHÉ is the author of four poetry collections, including Blue Hour, The Angel of History, Gathering the Tribes, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, and The Country Between Us, in which, according to Joyce Carol Oates, Forché “like Neruda, Philip Levine, Denise Levertov and others… addresses herself to the… world.” She is also editor of the groundbreaking anthology Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness and a noted translator of poets as varied as Claribel Alegría, Georg Trakl, and Mahmoud Darwish. Forché comes to Houston to share her National Book Award finalist memoir What You Have Heard Is True—”astonishing, powerful, so important at this time” (Margaret Atwood)—which “narrates her role as witness in an especially explosive and precarious period in El Salvador’s history. This incredible book… marries the attentive sensibility of a master poet with the unflinching eyes of a human rights activist.” (Claudia Rankine)
CARMEN MARIA MACHADO’s “writing is always lyrical, the narration refreshingly direct, and the sex abundant” (Booklist), but with “a furious grace” (Kirkus) all her own. Her debut story collection Her Body and Other Parties is the “kind of book that will leave you haunted, and thrilled, by the possibilities of contemporary fiction” (Dallas Morning News) and “is full of repressed physical energy and the raw juice of annihilating female fury” (Louise Erdrich). Among its many honors, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Machado will read from her new memoir In the Dream House, which The New Yorker says is “Breathtakingly inventive” and Entertainment Weekly describes as “a book that manages to break open nearly everything we think we know about abuse memoirs…. The result is a gorgeously kaleidoscopic feat – not just of literature but of pure, uncut humanity.”