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.
- 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.