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.