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 anthologies of personal narratives titled What Does It Mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence: Personal Narratives by White Americans (2016) and The Beiging of America: Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). He serves as the poetry editor for the literary journal New Square and is a founding member of The Sancho Panza Literary Society. In 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.
Bessy Reyna is a poet, writer and former opinion columnist for the Hartford Courant. Reyna's work has appeared in numerous anthologies in the USA and Latin America. She is the author of 3 chapbooks and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Reyna has participated in poetry festivals in Cuba, Salvador and Nicaragua and the Hill-stead Museum's Sunken Garden in Farmington, CT. She is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Latina Cultural Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award from CT Center for the Book. (www.bessyreyna.com)
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