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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


Our Las Confluencia

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Was  held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m., in the Playbox Theatre on NVCC's Waterbury Campus featuring 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: Beth Monchun or call 203.575.8083 to reserve your seat today.


The Featured Poets:

n jewell is a non binary poet working with duration, ritual, and religiosity in order to craft a lens through which to view the pastoral as it relates to (and interferes with) commercial and academic language, and in turn, how our understanding of idyllic spaces informs our relationship to our bodies. n jewell has been published numerous times and is working on their upcoming full length collection, road narrative. They tweet @micro___greens and are on instagram @temple_novice66.

Katherine Sullivan holds an MFA in Poetry and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Southern Ct State University. Her writing draws from her previous experience as a childbirth educator and doula. She was the Festival Producer for City Wide Open Studios in 2017 and has developed and organized several conferences and workshops which aim to combine art and activism

James Larkin, is a poet, DJ and performer. He currently studies English at St. John’s University. He is a member of the Urban Word NYC Youth Leadership Council and is the co-founder of the St. John's slam poetry team. He has publically performed in many spaces including the Bushnell and the Apollo Theater.  When he isn’t writing or performing you can probably find James running his fingers through his luxurious hair.

The evening’s moderator is Marianela Medrano, 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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