Confluencia

Join us for Confluence/Confluencia/Confluenza

Date: April 19, 2017

Location: NVCC Waterbury Campus, 750 Chase Parkway, Community Room at Founders Hall, Waterbury, CT

5:30 pm • Music & Refreshments
6:00 pm • Open Mic (arrive at least fifteen minutes early to sign up)
6:30 pm • Readings by featured poets

Although the program is offered free of charge, we request that you make reservations if you wish to attend. Call 203-575-8044/8083 to reserve your seat.

Featured poets are:

Melissa Coss Aquino, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, is a writer and Assistant Professor of English at CUNY, Bronx Community College. She also serves as an advisor for Thesis, the Literary Journal of BCC. She has published numerous writings including a fairy tale entitled “Pelo Bueno/Good Hair”. Her book Citizen, Radical, Rebel and Voice: 100 years of Jesús Colón, A Puerto Rican in New York is set to be published in 2018. 

Edgar Smith was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1973. He is an expert in International Airline Security and was an English teacher for fifteen years. He has published nine books, both in English and Spanish, that include poetry, short stories and novels. He is also the sole founder and Operations Manager of Books&Smith New York Editors, conceived to help new
and experienced writers and poets fulfill their literary dreams.

J. Barrett Wolf lives and writes in Binghamton, NY, where he has hosted poetry open mikes for over eight years. An award-winning poet he has produced the reading series “Here & There: Poets from Near and Far,” and has performed nationally and internally. Wolf has studied at The Irish Writers center and travels annually to Scotland to workshop with poets. His first volume of
poetry, Stark Raving Calm, was published in June of 2011 by Boone’s Dock Press.

Marianela Medrano will be moderating the evening’s program.  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 her two most recent works, Diosas de la Yuca/Goddesses of the Yuca (2011) and Prietica (2013).





Nearing a Decade of Celebrating Poetry & Writing!

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 nominee
  • Claire Zoghb, winner  of the Dogwood poetry competition
  • Sally Van Doren, Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award recipient
  • Bessy 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 awardee
  • Ralph 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.