Friday, April 25, 2008

What is Chris Forhan reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Reads: Chris Forhan, author of The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars and Forgive Us Our Happiness.

Part of his entry:
Books by more recent poets include No Starling by Nance Van Winckel (whose work has gotten noticeably and gorgeously strange in the last few years); Laura Kasischke’s Lilies Without; Dean Young’s embryoyo; Tomaž Šalamun’s The Book for My Brother; and Alessandra Lynch’s it was a terrible cloud at twilight. Lynch’s poems are deeply musical and emotionally rich—they persuade, finally, by their distinctive voice: by its often incantatory, even obsessive, quality and by its shifts and veerings that are both surprising and right. [read on]
Forhan's poems have been published in magazines such as Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, Plougshares, Parnassus, Antioch Review, Georgia Review, and Slate, and anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2008, The Book of Irish American Poetry from the Eighteenth Century to the Present, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, The Pushcart Prize XXVII, Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Contemporary American Poets, and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology.

He received a 2007 NEA fellowship in poetry, and teaches at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind.

Writers Reads: Chris Forhan.

--Marshal Zeringue