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Spoken Word and Music Series

  • 10th season begins Fall 2015
  • Featured musicians, poets and writers from New England, New York and beyond
  • Fall and 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 Arts and Education Center at 903 Main Street,  downtown Manchester.


Mishi-maya-gat is the Algonquian term for “Great Trail System,” a network of foot paths created by the indigenous 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, which led to the naming of Great Path as the street leading  into campus. It is in this spirit of historical and cultural significance that the arts series takes its name.

Thursday, October 15

Peter Covino

Peter Covino

6:30 p.m. – Poet and translator PETER COVINO

  • Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at University of Rhode Island.
  • Author of two books of poetry, The Right Place to Jump (2012) and Cut Off the Ears of Winter (2005), both published by Western Michigan University Press, New Issues; and co-editor of Essays on Italian American Literature and Culture (2012) published by Bordighera Press.
  • His prizes include the 2007 PEN American/ Osterweil Award for Emerging Poets and the Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize for his chapbook, Straight Boyfriend (2001).
  • His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets:  Poem-a-day, American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, LIT, The Paris Review, Witness, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, and The Penguin Anthology of Italian-American Writing.
  •  Founding editor of the New York literary press, Barrow Street.
  •  Author website: http://www.petercovino.com/bio.html

7:30 p.m. – Jazz with THE MIXASHAWN TRIO

L. Mixashawn Rozie

Lee Mixashawn Rozie

  • Lee Mixashawn Rozie, saxophone, flute, and vocals
  • Edward Rozie Jr., bass
  • Bill Arnold, drums
  • “100 years of soulatude, 100 years of jazz from rag time to no  time, bebop to hip-hop, crow-hop to lindy-hop = free bop.” 
  • Mixashawn has played with such legendary jazz artists as Henry Grimes, Dave Douglas, Roy Campbell,  Bobby McFerrin, Ravi Coltrane, Oliver Lake, Rashid Ali, Pheron Akaf, and Shannon Jackson.  For more information on the artist, please visit: www.mixashawn.com.
  • Edward Rozie Jr. hold the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Bass Chair and has worked with jazz greats from Jackie McLean and Jimmy Heath to Richard Muhal Abrams and Anthony Braxton.
  • Bill Arnold has worked with stellar musicians such as Junior  Walker and the All Stars and Avery Sharpe, and is currently the drummer for the internationally acclaimed, “Young at Heart.”
  • Truly a trio of fire, versatility and experience like few others;  a special evening of innovative jazz not to be missed.

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.

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