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Name:  Calvin Forbes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1945 in Newark, New Jersey


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Forbes lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Calvin Forbes is a poet, lecturer, and educator. Forbes's career as a writer is paralleled by a distinguished career as an educator. He taught African American literature at Emerson College in Boston from 1969 to 1973, then left to become an assistant professor at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, for a year. He subsequently took a leave of absence and traveled to Denmark, France, and England as a Fulbright scholar. In 1975, Forbes returned to Tufts and continued to teach there until 1977, when he again departed to finish an MFA at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Forbes accepted a position at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1978. He won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1982 and moved to Jamaica, where he worked on an unpublished novel and lectured at the University of the West Indies in Kingston. After returning to teach at Howard and other neighboring colleges and universities, Forbes moved to Chicago. He is an Associate Professor and currently teaches literature and writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.His poems have also appeared in the anthologies ''A Century in Two Decades: A Burning Deck Anthology, 1961-81'' and ''New Black Voices''.

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