Forest Gander © Nina Subin

Forrest Gander [USA]

Forrest Gander was born in the Mojave Desert and lives now, with the artist Ashwini Bhat, near San Francisco, California. He is a writer and translator with degrees in geology and literature. His critical essays have been published in »The Nation«, »The New York Times Book Review«, and the »New York Journal of Books«. Gander met the soon-to-be famous poet CD Wright in San Francisco and the two lived together there, in Mexico, in Arkansas, and finally in Rhode Island where Gander taught at Harvard University and then directed the Literary Arts Program at Brown University. Gander, inspired by contemporary poetry he discovered in Mexico, began translating. His award-winning translations include individual books by writers from Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Japan.

He published several books of poetry, translation, and essays before the appearance of his first novel, »As a Friend« (2008), the story (now in film-production) of a gifted man, a land surveyor, whose impact on those around him provokes an atmosphere of intense self-examination and eroticism. In 2014, New Directions Publishers released Ganderʼs widely praised second novel »The Trace«, about a couple who, researching the last journey of Civil War writer Ambrose Bierce, find themselves lost in the Chihuahua Desert. Gander’s many books of poems are concerned with the complexities of intimacy and friendship, and with the mutuality between the human and non-human world – a trajectory that has come to be called ecopoetics. Gander’s recent book of poems, »Be With« (2018), was awarded The Pulitzer Prize.

He is well-known for his collaborations with other artists including Ann Hamilton, Sally Mann, Gus Van Sant, and Graciela Iturbide. He has been the recipient of grants from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, Howard, Whiting, and United States Artists Foundations.




Deeds of Utmost Kindness

University Press of New England

Hanover, 1994


Science & Steepleflower

New Directions

New York, 1998


Torn Awake

New Directions

New York, 2001


Pura López-Colomé

No Shelter [als Ü]

Graywolf Press

Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2002


Jamie Saenz

Immanent Visitor [als Ü]

University of California Press

Berkeley, 2002


A Faithful Existence

Reading, Memory, and Transcendence

Shoemaker & Hoard

Washington, 2005


Eye Against Eye

New Directions Pub

New York, 2005


Coral Bracho

Firefly Under the Tongue [als Ü]

New Directions

New York, 2008


Als es dich gab


[Ü: Ron Winkler]

Wiesbaden, 2010


Core Samples from the World

New Directions

New York, 2011



An Ecological Poetics

University of Iowa Press

Iowa City, 2012


Eiko & Koma

New Directions

New York, 2013


The Trace

New Directions

New York, 2014


Gozo Yoshimasu

Alice Iris Red Horse [als Ü]

New Directions

New York, 2016


Be With

New Directions

New York, 2018


Twice Alive

New Directions

New York, 2021