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Mishi-Maya-Gat

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Spoken Word & Music Series

  • Featured musicians, poets and writers
  • The series features three fall and three spring events from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public
  • Sponsored by the MCC Foundation Annual Fund Campaign
  • Hosted by Stephen Campiglio

Note: All Mishi-maya-gat events are held at MCC on Main, Manchester Community College’s new Arts and Education Center at 903 Main Street.


Mishi-maya-gat

Mishi-maya-gat is the Algonquian term for “Great Trail System,” a network of foot paths created by the native tribes of Connecticut. Within this system of trails, a “Great Path” connected one region with another. The site of the MCC campus is along one of these great paths and, thus, the naming of Great Path as the street leading to campus. It is in this spirit of historical and cultural significance that the arts series takes its name.


Thursday, November 20
Please note: new start time: 6:30 p.m.

Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws

7:30 p.m. – A special appearance by esteemed scholar and translator of French poetry, Mary Ann Caws

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of CUNY, recipient of Guggenheim, NEH,  Getty, and Rockefeller fellowships, and past president of the Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, the Association for the Study of Dada and Surrealism, and the Academy of Literary Studies.  She is the author of numerous volumes on art and literature, including The Surrealist Look; Picasso’s Weeping Woman: The Life and Art of Dora Maar;  Robert Motherwell with Pen and Brush; Virginia Woolf;  Marcel Proust;  To the Boathouse: A Memoir; Surprised in Translation; Salvador Dalí, and in another vein: Provençal Cooking: Savoring the Simple Life in France, and  the Modern Art Cookbook. Forthcoming is Pascal: A Critical Life, in Reaktion’s Renaissance Series. She edited  Surrealist Painters and Poets; Surrealist Love Poems; Surrealism; Harper Collins World Reader;  the Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French PoetryPierre Reverdy (NYRBooks), and Pierre Reverdy: Early to Late. For Mary Ann’s Mishi-maya-gat performance, she will read from the work of French poets whose translations have recently been published by Black Widow Press in Boston, MA (www.blackwidowpress.com), a publisher for whom she has served as both editor and translator across several publications. For more information on Mary Ann, please visit her website: www.maryanncaws.com.

mmg-Francesco-Blackmore

Francesco Blackmore

6:30 p.m. – Pianist Francesco Blackmore

Jamaica-born Francesco  Blackmore is Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church in Waterbury, CT, where he plays the pipe organ and conducts the choir. He is a music major student at Manchester Community College and vice-president of the MCC Music Club. He is also a member and officer of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He recently recorded an instrumental CD, Music for the Soul, featuring original compositions, which will be available for purchase at the show. For more information on Francesco and to hear samples of his playing, please visit his YouTube page: www.youtube.com/fblackmoremusic. You may also “Friend” him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/francescoblackmore.


Upcoming Events

The Series returns for three Spring 2015 events in March, April and May. Please check this web page for updates. If you would like to have an event flyer sent to you, please send your email address to Stephen Campiglio, series coordinator: scampiglio@manchestercc.edu