About Our Last Confluencia:
Our last Confluencia was held on November 26.
The program included:
- Music and Refreshments 5:30 pm
- Open Mic, 6:00 pm
- Readings by featured poets, 6:30 pm
The Featured Poets:
Ines Rivera Prosdocimi, author of the poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Cold Mountain Review, Kweli, Nimrod, Poet Lore, and Puerto de Sol. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. Currently, she teaches literature at the University of Hartford.
Kate Pelletier, Associate Professor of English at NVCC, Kate Pelletier is also a registered yoga teacher, owner and founder of Little Wave Yoga School, and author of the book Little Waves: A Tiny Memoir. She has earned teaching certifications in Yin, Trauma Recovery, and Restorative Yoga, and will complete her RYT 500 designation in March 2019. In addition, she teaches meditation, energy systems, philosophy, asana, and spirituality for yoga teacher training programs across the state, as well as in retreat and workshop settings.
Ashvini Hemanda Devi Persaud hails from Guyana and is a green poet, designer, artist and commercial banker. She and her mirror image twin, Ushvani, social worker, have been dabbling in creative things since kids. They are very close to finalizing their pop-up museum. She has performed for the ministry of her country and other international leaders and loves to engage community in art and live artistic performances.
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.