F175. Against Forgetting Against Forgetting: 25 Years Later

Florida Salon 5, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Twenty-five years ago, Carolyn Forche’s groundbreaking anthology, Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness, was published. This gathering of poems helped to galvanize an entire generation of poets who came to believe that poems could do more than articulate a poet’s confessional hankerings and could bear witness to history itself. The poets on this panel will read a few of their favorite poems from the anthology and discuss what this book meant and means to their own work and the world.



John Poch is professor of English in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University. His most recent collection, Fix Quiet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, Poetry, Yale Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Image, Agni, and other journals.

Jill Bialosky’s four poetry collections include the recent The Players. She’s authored three novels, recently The Prize, and two memoirs, New York Times bestseller History of a Suicide and Poetry Will Save Your Life. Her writing appears in The New Yorker, Paris Review, and more. She is an editor at W.W. Norton.

Peter Balakian is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Ozone Journal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Other collections include ZigguratJune-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974–2000, and Dyer’s Thistle. His memoir Black Dog of Fate is the winner of the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir and a New York Times notable book.

Jacob Shores-Arguello is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, the Dzanc Books ILP International Literature Award, and the Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown. His manuscript, In The Absence of Clocks, was awarded the 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Competition.

Rebecca Gayle Howell is the author of American Purgatory and Render / An Apocalypse. Howell is the poetry editor at the Oxford American and the James Still Writer in Residence at the Hindman Settlement School in Knott County, Kentucky.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center