The Simple Art of the Thank You Note

When I was five years old, my parents divorced. My father was in the United States Army, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany where I was born. My mother and I moved in with her parents, sister and brother in Saint Albans, Queens, New York City. I was already reading and writing by then, so my mother […]

Poetry reading by Sean Frederick Forbes and Colin Channer, Monday, April 18, 2016

The two writers, both of Caribbean heritage, released their first books of poetry Providential (Channer) and Providencia (Forbes). Fittingly, they will come together in Providence, Rhode Island to read and delve into the origins of their poems, the duality between colonial British and Spanish influences (socially, politically, historically, and culturally) on the Caribbean, and the […]

Sean to be a panelist on a discussion about James Baldwin’s legacy

On Thursday November 12, 2015 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Theater/ACT school in Willimantic, QVCC and ECSU will host a screening of the classic Baldwin biopic The Price of the Ticket, and a panel discussion addressing the question: “How can James Baldwin’s legacy inform our struggles against racism and for social justice today?” […]

Sean Interviewed for Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Sean Frederick Forbes was recently interviewed by Rodrigo Joseph Rodríguez for the Pennsylvania Literary Journal (PLJ), Volume 7, Issue 2 (Summer 2015). In “Diasporas and Poetics: A Conversation with Poet Sean Frederick Forbes,” Rodríguez notes that Sean “offers lenses to various cultures, diasporas, geographies, histories, and world languages that inform his poetics.” Pennsylvania Literary Journal (PLJ) […]

Sean with Acclaimed Poet Rigoberto Gonzalez

Sean with Rigoberto González at the UConn Co-op, Storrs Center. González is an American writer and book critic. He is an editor and author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and bilingual children’s books, and self-identifies in his writing as a gay Chicano. He is the 2015 recipient of the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement from […]

Readings, Writings & Bookings

Lively, witty and audience-friendly, Sean Frederick Forbes’s appearances are a breath of fresh air. He is available for poetry readings, talks, lectures and literary festival appearances, and offers lively, witty and audience-friendly programs. Sean also offers adaptable talks on a variety of subjects, including: African American literature, poetry and poetics, and different pedagogies for teaching […]