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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. The Spring 2019 series of Confluencia will include one held on our Danbury campus in March, 2019  and one held on our Waterbury campus in April, 2019. Check back here for details after the new year. 

Upcoming Confluencia

About Our Next Confluencia:

Our last Confluencia will be held on March 26 from our Danbury Campus.

The program:: 

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

Please RSVP to: Beth Monchun or call 203.575.8083 to reserve your seat today.

The Featured Poets:

Brian Clements, author, is the author or editor of over a dozen collections of poetry and Professor of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process at WCSU, where he was the Founding Coordinator of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing. 

Jen Sage-Robisonan affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists and on the faculty at Westport Writers Workshop. Nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize, Jen’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Naugatuck River Review, Panoply, Tishman Review and High Plains Register. Born in Torrington, where generations of her family worked the brass mills and machine shops, much of Jen’s poetry is inspired by this place. She seeks to amplify vulnerable voices in her writing and workshops.

Marilynn Turner is an essayist and a Professor of English at Asnuntuck Community College where she teaches writing.  She has participated in writing workshops at Wesleyan University, The Yale University Studio Festival Writing Workshop and Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She is currently editing a collection of her essays slated for publication in 2019. In addition to writing, Marilynn is a passionate summer gardener of both vegetables and flowers.

The evening’s moderator will be NVCC Professor of English Steve Parlato, faculty advisor to the school's award-winning newspaper, The Tamarack; and recipient of the Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Presidential Medal of Honor, and two time winner of the NISOD teaching award. Parlato’s poetry appears in numerous journals including Freshwater, Borderlands, and Peregrine. His debut novel, The Namesake (2013), won a 2011 Tassy Walden Award while in manuscript form. His second book, The Precious Dreadful, was published in February by Simon And Schuster. Inspired by his students, Steve is grateful for support from his wonderful wife, Janet, and his children, Ben and Jillian.

Confluencia in the Valley

Celebrating a Decade of 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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