Sunday November 5: Sean Frederick Forbes and Claudia McGhee
Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. His poems have appeared in Chagrin River Review, Sargasso, A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, and Midwest Quarterly. In 2009, he received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. Providencia, his first book of poetry, was published in 2013. He has co-edited two collections of personal narratives titled What Does It Mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence: Personal Narratives by White Americans which was published in 2016 and The Beiging of America: Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century was published in 2017. He 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.
Claudia McGhee has been poet-in-residence at the Putnam Arts Council in Mahopac, NY, executive director of the Putnam Poets, writing outreach project coordinator, freelance editor, software technical writer, journalist, and eBook producer. Claudia's poetry chapbook, Paperlight, was published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky in 2016. Her recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in: Connecticut River Review, Fresh Ink, The Anvil's Ring, The Dandelion Review, and the anthology WAVES: A Confluence of Women's Voices. Claudia won second place in a performance poetry contest held at the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London, and has been a featured reader at the Springfield City Public Library and the Norwich Arts Center. In July, Claudia was one of the featured readers at The Complex in Putnam, CT, reading from her still-in-work and as-yet-untitled memoir.
Reading starts with an Open Mike.
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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