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Spoken Word & Music Series

  • Featured musicians, poets and writers
  • Three fall and three spring events from 6:30 p.m. to 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 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, 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, May 21


Casey-Garcia Duo

Mike Casey, saxophone, and Corey Garcia, drums

Originally from Storrs, Mike Casey is a recent graduate of the acclaimed Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford’ Hartt School. He has been fortunate to study with some of the world’s top jazz musicians, including saxophonists Abraham Burton, Rene McLean, and Javon Jackson, trombonist Steve Davis, and bassist Nat Reeves. Mike has performed at well-respected venues, such as the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Kennedy Center (DC), Smalls Jazz Club (NYC), and the Hard Rock Cafe (Boston), as well as numerous venues across CT. Past festival appearances include the The Boston GreenFest, The Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz in Bushnell Park, The New England Autumn Fest, Hartford EnvisionFest, REAP Street Arts Fest, and Willimantic Third Thursday Street Fest.  His music has impressed audiences young and old alike, performing a unique blend of original music and exciting, fresh arrangements of jazz standards. For more information, please visit his website: www.mikecaseyjazz.com.

Corey Garcia, percussionist/compose,r was born and raised in Queens, New York, and has been immersed in the New York jazz since a young age.  As a result, he has had the privilege of meeting and studying under some of jazz’s most potent educators and performers. While his first musical experience came as a choral singer, Garcia soon thereafter realized a natural attraction to the drums, attending LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, and majoring in instrumental music. At LaGuardia, Garcia studied jazz percussion (as well as various traditional classical instruments) and also began to develop a unique voice as a composer. Garcia now continues his percussive studies and compositional endeavors as a student at the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.”

7:30 PM – A special appearance by award-winning poet and translator AFAA MICHAEL WEAVER

Afaa Michael Weaver

Afaa Michael Weaver is the author of 14 collections of poetry, including most recently City of Eternal Spring (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), which completes his Plum Flower Trilogy. The second book in the trilogy and his 12th collection, The Government of Nature, won the 2014 Kingsley Tufts Award. His other honors include 3 Pushcart Prizes in poetry, inclusion in Best American Poetry (2014), National Endowment for the Arts (1985) and Pew (1998) fellowships, and a Fulbright appointment in 2002 to teach in Taiwan. Also a playwright, he received the PDI Award (1993), and his new play is GRIP.  He works in contemporary Chinese poetry as a translator and teaches at Simmons College and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.  Afaa created “the bop,” a poetic form. His websites: plumflowertrilogy.org and  afaaweaver.net.

To join the mailing list and receive a flyer via email, please send your email address to Stephen Campiglio, series coordinator, at scampiglio@manchestercc.edu.