Forrest Gander

Born in California’s Mojave Desert, poet Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in geology. After earning an MA in literature from San Francisco State University, Gander moved to Mexico, then to Arkansas, where his poetry turned its attention to landscape as foreground or source of action. Gander’s books of poetry include Eye Against Eye (2005), Torn Awake (2001), and Science & Steepleflower (1998). Though primarily a poet, Gander is also a translator, novelist, essayist, and the editor of two anthologies. He has translated collections by Mexican poets Pura López-Colomé and Coral Bracho. With Kent Johnson he translated Bolivian poet Jaime Saenz’s Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz and The Night (2007), for which he won a PEN Translation Award. He also edited the bilingual anthology Mouth to Mouth: Poems by Twelve Contemporary Mexican Women (1993). Gander’s own poetry has been translated into several languages. His novel, As a Friend, was published in 2008.


ARTICLES FEATURING FORREST

A Conversation with Forrest Gander and Raúl Zurita About “Pinholes in the Night: Essential Poems from Latin America”


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