Graduate Spotlight

Award-winning Graduate Student

Miller ObermanMiller Oberman, PhD candidate in poetry and poetics, is the first student ever to receive one of the country’s top awards for poetry translation, Poetry magazine’s John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize. The award honors the single best translation published in the magazine during the year. Miller’s translation, “Old English Rune Poem,” was published in the magazine in June 2013. Previous awardees include Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove and National Book Award-winner Marilyn Hacker.

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.