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NCCC’S Twenty-First Annual Mad River Literary Festival Starts on April 11
WINSTED, CT – March 27, 2017 - Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s annual Mad River Literary Festival will be held on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, 2017, on its campus in Winsted in Founders Hall Auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 11, there will be a Community Reading, emceed by 2 NCCC Public Speaking students and curated by Professor Tom Hodgkin. On Wednesday, April 12, poets Antoinette Brim and Jose Gonzalez will read. Readings on each night will be followed by a reception and book signing.
Biographies of the Writers:
Antoinette Brim, author of These Women You Gave Me, Icarus in Love and Psalm of the Sunflower, is a Cave Canem Foundation Fellow, a recipient of the Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry, memoir and critical work has appeared in various journals and magazines, as well as, in anthologies including Villanelles, Stand Our Ground: Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, Critical Insights: Alice Walker, 44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, Not A Muse, Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta, and forthcoming in The Whiskey of Our Discontent: an anthology of essays commemorating Ms. Gwendolyn Brooks. A printmaker and collage artist, Brim recently exhibited both poetry and monoprints in Jazz: An exhibition of Poetry, Prints and Photography at the Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery in New Haven, CT. She serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT. Additionally, Brim hosted a series of Black History Month television programs for the OneWorld Progressive Institute and is a former guest host of Patrick Oliver’s Literary Nation Talk Radio (KABF 88.3, Little Rock) for which she interviewed a variety of entertainers, literary figures, political pundits and community developers. A sought after speaker, editor, educator and consultant, Brim is an Assistant Professor of English at Capital Community College. Her Website is: www.antoinettebrim.com.
Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the International Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock, based on his life growing up in El Salvador and New London. He has been featured at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, international book festivals, and has had his work anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature, Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. He is the co-editor (with John S. Christie) of the groundbreaking Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature, and is the editor of LatinoStories.Com. He has been the recipient of the New England Teachers of English Poet of the Year Award and the Latino de Oro Culture and Arts Award. His website is: www.JoseBGonzalez.Com.
The Mad River Literary Festival is generously sponsored by the Center for Teaching, the English Department, the Student Senate, and the Cultural Planning Committee, and funded by the Northwestern Community College Foundation and the Peggy Andl Fund. This event is free and open to the public.
For further information about The Mad River Literary Festival, please contact Professor Jessica Treat at JTreat@nwcc.edu.
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