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 […]
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 […]
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?” […]
A feature about the island of Providencia, Colombia. When I visited there in 2009, there were very few men under the age of 35 on the island. This magazine article explains what is causing the men to “disappear.” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34487450?SThisFB
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 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 […]
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 […]
In 2009, Sean was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. While there, he interviewed distant relatives, researched his ancestral genealogy, wrote poetry, and traveled around the beautiful island.
Providencia A Book of Poems by Sean Frederick Forbes Introduction by V. Penelope Pelizzon Cover Art Holly Turner. Find out more about Sean’s debut poetry collection. Check out a preview of PROVIDENCIA. Available for sale at Amazon.com.
Sean is a poet-professor and scholar who you really want to get to know!