Month: January 2014

51st annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program features Paul Muldoon

Paul MuldoonPaul Muldoon, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Poetry Prize, will be our guest for the 51st annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, April 9-10, 2014. Muldoon has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.” Author of twelve books of poetry, Muldoon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to the Pulitzer and Griffin Prizes, Mr. Muldoon’s other awards include an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the Shakespeare Prize, the Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the European Prize for Poetry. As part of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, he will spend one afternoon with students at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts high school, and one evening with us at Storrs, where he will read from his poems after a reading by UConn student winners of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize.

New Faculty Publication: Providencia by Sean Forbes

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Congratulations to Sean Forbes, Director of the Creative Writing Program and alum of our PhD program, on the publication of his first book, Providencia: A Book of Poems. A coming-of-age narrative, this collection traces the experience of a gay, mixed-race narrator who confronts the traditions of his parents’ and grandparents’ birthplace: the seemingly idyllic island of Providencia, Colombia, against the backdrop of his rough and lonely life in Southside Jamaica, Queens. Written in both free verse and traditional poetic forms, Providencia conjures numerous voices, images, and characters to explore the struggles of self-discovery. Published by 2Leaf Press in 2013 with an introduction by V. Penelope Pelizzon. Forbes read from the collection March 5, 2014, at the UConn Co-op Bookstore at Storrs Center.