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UCHI Fellow's Talk and Poetry Reading: Sean Frederick Forbes

4 p.m. Wednesday February 10

Registration required, available here.

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 creative and critical work focuses on ethnicity, gender, race, and sexuality.


The 2021 Connecticut Poetry Circuit

6 p.m. Thursday February 11

Zoom Webinar

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/3otroFZ).

Join us for a reading by talented students from five area colleges! This year’s Poetry Circuit poets, selected by a panel of distinguished judges, are Marielena Cartagena-Santiago (Manchester Community College), Gabrielle Colangelo (Yale University), Joelle Gray  (Quinnipiac University), Phillip Michel (Quinebaug Valley Community College), and Mia Yanosy (University of Connecticut).


Crystal Maldonado reading from Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

7 p.m. Wednesday February 24

Zoom Webinar

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/3pwpPZ5).

UConn alumna Crystal Maldonado returns to campus to read from her debut YA novel, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book of Winter 2020. Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat. People sometimes have a problem with that last one…..The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter. As Kirkus Reviews puts it in a starred review, “Charlie’s struggles are authentic and raw while Maldonado’s bright prose makes for a page-turner. . . . [Charlie Vega is an] overdue and welcome ingénue.”


Camille Dungy, Writers Who Edit/Editors Who Write 

6 p.m. Wednesday March 3

Zoom Webinar

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/36lh9Ns).

Camille Dungy, newly-appointed poetry editor of Orion magazine, is the author of four collections of poetry, including Suck on the Marrow, winner of the 2010 American Book Award. Yusef Komunyakaa has called her writing “[e]arthly and visionary.” Her essay collection, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the editor of the anthology Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets. Tonight, Dungy will read from her work and then take questions from the audience about how she balances her roles as both writer and editor.


Ilya Kaminsky, The Aetna Visiting Writer-in-Residence

Reading @ 6 p.m. Tuesday March 16, via Google MeetUp. Registration is NOT required for this event. Meeting ID: meet.google.com/rrz-xnmo-fhm. Phone Number: +1 402-821-1254. PIN: 809 139 239#

Talk on Translation @ 6 p.m. Wednesday March 17, via Google MeetUp. Registration is NOT required for this event. Meeting ID: meet.google.com/awh-piff-jxv. Phone Numbers (‪US‬) ‪+1 304-790-6080‬. PIN: ‪714 778 026#

Ilya Kaminsky is the author of three books of poetry, including the widely acclaimed Deaf Republic, a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry. He is the editor of several anthologies, among them The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. With Jean Valentine, he has co-translated Dark Elderberry Branch: Poems of Marina Tsvetaeva. Born in the former Soviet Union city of Odessa, Kaminsky lost most of his hearing at the age of four after a doctor misdiagnosed mumps as a cold, and his family was granted political asylum by the United States in 1993, settling in Rochester, New York. The Philadelphia Inquirer observes that “[l]ike Joseph Brodsky before him, Kaminsky is a terrifyingly good poet, another poet from the former U.S.S.R. who, having adopted English, has come to put us native speakers to shame.”

To apply for a one-on-one tutorial with Ilya Kaminsky during his March 15-17 visit, please send a 3-4 page manuscript (no more than one poem per page) as a Word doc to Professor Pelizzon at (penelope.pelizzon@uconn.edu) by 11:59 PM onFri. Feb. 19.


Stephen Kuusisto, The Aetna Celebration of Creative Nonfiction

6 p.m. Thursday April 1

Zoom Webinar

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/3pwqnhB).

Kuusisto, who has been blind since birth, is the author of Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and the acclaimed memoir Planet of the Blind, a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year.” He has also published Only Bread, Only Light, a collection of poems from Copper Canyon Press. Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times praises Kuusisto as “a powerful writer with a musical ear for language and a gift for emotional candor. He has written a book that makes the reader understand the terrifying experience of blindness and that stands on its own as a lyrical memoir of a poet.”


Poetic Journeys Release Party

7 p.m. Wednesday April 21

Zoom Meeting

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/3clPboW).

Join us for the release of the '19-'20 and'20-'21 Poetic Journeys public art project, featuring collaborations between UConn poets and fine arts students.


Fast Funny Women: A Reading

6 p.m. Thursday April 22

Zoom Webinar

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/36m2vWr).

Join us for this book release featuring an anthology by Gina Barreca!


The Long River Review Release Party

6 p.m. Wednesday April 28

Zoom Meeting

Registration required, available here (https://bit.ly/2YkTclg).

Help us celebrate the publication of the 2021 issue of UConn’s award-winning literary and arts journal!