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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 Upcoming Confluencia will be held Monday, November 26.
Details coming soon.

 

About Our Last Confluencia

Celebrating 10 years and honoring Confluencia's Program Coordinator, Dr. Marianla Medrano

Was held on Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., in the Playbox Theatre on NVCC's Waterbury Campus and featured poets, writers, and musicians.

 

The Program:

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

 


The Featured Poets:

Janet E. Aalfs, poet laureate emeritus of Northampton, MA, founder and director of Lotus Peace Arts at Valley Women's Martial Arts, 7th degree black belt, and healing arts educator has been sharing her work locally, nationally, and internationally for 40 years. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals and she has been a workshop facilitator and performer at festivals and conferences such as Split This Rock and MassPoetry. Her poetry collections include Bird of a Thousand Eyes, Reach, Full Open, and  chapbooks, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sobeira Latorre is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University.  Her teaching and research interests include Caribbean Literature, Latinx, and Women’s Studies. She has published in the journals Life Writing, Meridians: Feminism, Race, and Transnationalism, Journal of Caribbean Literatures,  and Latino Studies

Marianela Medrano is a writer and a licensed 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 Prietica (2013) & Rooting (2018).  Marianela has been instrumental in the implementation and success of Naugatuck Valley Community College's Confluencia series. For the past 10 years, and nearly 40 nights of poetry, she has coordinated Confluencia's guest poets who have enriched NVCC and the greater community with their powerful writings and experiences.

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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