Spring 2013

Dear Reader:

Connecticut’s four public state universities—Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western—serve more than 36,000 students a year. As the largest public university system in the state, these four institutions offer more than 160 programs leading to baccalaureate, graduate, and professional degrees. More than 7,000 degrees were awarded last year.

With 93 percent of state university students coming from Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities, and 86 percent of graduates staying to work in the state, the four public universities are proud to focus on educating Connecticut residents while serving as a catalyst for the state economy.

Writing is a fundamental skill that we teach to all our students. Besides effective written communication appropriate to the students’ respective profession, we also value the creative writing skills of our students. Included in this issue are five award-winning student pieces from the 2011 Writing Contests—organized by the Connecticut Review — as well as other outstanding poetry and prose by authors from across the country and beyond. Published since 1967 and edited by Connecticut State University faculty, the Connecticut Review enriches our state’s cultural life.

In sharing these stories and poems with the people of Connecticut through the state network of more than 380 libraries as well as through other distribution channels, we are declaring that the written word is alive and well in Connecticut. The writings in this issue of Connecticut Review represent some of the best in contemporary literature. In exploring life’s joys and sorrows, these creative works remind us of our common humanity. Read forth and enjoy!

Elsa M. Núñez

Vice President, Connecticut State Universities; Board of Regents for Higher Education

President, Eastern Connecticut State University

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Student Contest

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from the 2011-2012 Connecticut Student Poets Chosen by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit.