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Confluencia

Held twice a semester, Confluencia is a confluence celebrating a wide variety of voices. At Confluencia, students, faculty and staff, community members, and award-winning writers are invited to gather and share the experiences of different cultures via the written word.

Upcoming Confluencia


About our last Confluencia:

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Our last Confluencia was held Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 p.m., on NVCC's Waterbury Campus in the Playbox Theatre. The night featured NVCC poets, writers and musicians.

The Program:

    • Music and Refreshments 5:30 pm 
    • Open Mic, 6:00 pm 
    • Readings by featured poets, 6:30pm

Please RSVP to: jhernandez@nv.edu


The Featured Poets:

Carmen Bardeguez-Brown is a poet and educator from Puerto Rico. Her work was featured in the documentary film: Latino Poets in the United States. This award-winning piece was produced by Ray Santiesteban and showcased her, along with other founding members of the Nuyorican Poets movement such as Pedro Pietri and Willie Perdomo among many others.

Sasha Kamini Parmasad, (MFA, Columbia University)is the author of the poetry collection No Poem (Yuganta Press, 2017). She has won international awards for her poetry as well as her first novel, Ink and Sugar. In addition, she has taught academic/creative writing courses at Columbia University. With more than 20 years of meditation experience, she is a Director of the Women’s Initiative at the David Lynch Foundation (NYC).

Juan Matos is a Dominican educator residing in Worcester, MA. He has written many books including Temblor de espejos (2011). A founding member of literary groups and workshops, his works have been featured in numerous anthologies and literary reviews. He holds two Master’s degrees and has studied in the U.S. and internationally. He teaches Advanced Placement Spanish Literature and Culture classes at North High School in Worcester. MA

The evening’s moderator is Marianela Medrano. She is a writer and professional counselor with a Ph.D. in psychology. She offers workshops and readings in Connecticut and around the country. She has published six poetry books including, Diosas de la Yuca/Goddesses of the Yuca (2011) and Prietica (2013).

Confluencia in the Valley

Nearing a Decade of Celebrating Poetry & Writing!

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Edited by Marianela Medrano and Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

In 2013, NVCC’s Confluencia reading series celebrated five years of gathering writers to share their work. Dozens of poets, playwrights, authors, and performance artists contributed to a first-ever commemorative collection of poetry, prose, and other selections from those who shared their gifts at one of the signature evenings. The collection, titled Confluencia in the Valley: The First Five Years of Converging with Words, was edited by founder/organizer Marianela Medrano and Assistant Professor of English Juleyka Lantigua-Williams. Confluencia is Spanish for “confluence”—the merging of elements, forms, movements, or people. Copies are available for sale at the college bookstore, with proceeds benefitting the Foundation for Student Emergencies Fund and scholarships in the Humanities. 

“This publication was designed to celebrate this significant achievement and to signify that the humanities are alive and doing well at Naugatuck Valley Community College.  Whenever I have a chance to discuss my understanding of what the humanities mean to community college students, I reflect on the need—even as we teach necessary and utilitarian careers—to cultivate the arts and letters as a means of transforming lives by strengthening the human spirit.  The selections included in this collection speak of falling and standing up, drifting, reaching back and moving forward with strength, precision and beauty.   What a meaningful gathering of words this is!” – From the introduction by NVCC President Daisy Cocco De Filippis, Ph.D.






The dozens of contributors whose work is gathered here include:
  • Janet E. Aalfs, former poet laureate of Northampton, MA
  • Sharon Charde, six-time Pushcart Prize nomineeClaire Zoghb, winner  of the Dogwood poetry competition
  • Sally Van Doren, Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award recipientBessy Reyna, first prize winner in the Joseph E. Brodine poetry competition
  • Sherezada Luisa “Chiqui” Vicioso, National Literary Award Winner, Dom.
  • Rep.Duane Esposito, Pushcart Prize nominee
  • Rhina Espaillat, T.S. Eliot Prize recipient
  • Breena Clarke, author of an Oprah Book Club selection 
  • Kate Rushin, Cave Danem Foundation fellowship awardeeRalph Nazareth, featured in national and international journals

Marianela Medrano is poet and a writer of non-fiction and fiction who holds a Ph.D. in psychology, a professional counselor’s license and certification as a poetry therapist. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines in Latin America, Europe and the United States. Her individual publications include Regando Esencias/The Scent of Waiting; Curada de Espantos/One Who Has Seen It All.


Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, a journalist, writer, editor, Fulbright Scholar, formerly a professor of English at NVCC. Her syndicated opinion columns have appeared in national and international publications. Her magazine credits include JET, The Progressive, GIANT, and Urban Latino. The Simon and Schuster Short Prose Reader, Once Upon a Cuento, and Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism also feature her work. Visit juleykalantigua.com for more.

Copies of the book are for sale at NVCC's bookstore. Proceeds will go to support scholarships for the Arts and Humanities.

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