MCC Student to Read at Connecticut Poetry Circuit Online Event March 25

MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 18, 2021) – Manchester Community College student poet Marielena Cartagena, of East Hartford, will read from her work as one of five Outstanding Student Poets selected by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit. Cartagena will be featured with her fellow circuit poets in an online reading Thursday, March 25, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The reading will be live via WebEx. To attend this free event, visit

Cartagena is studying visual fine arts with plans to transfer to Southern Connecticut State University to study studio art and creative writing later this year. Her goals include gallery curation or museum management. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in creative writing.

Infinitely delighted by the monstrous feminine rage in Gothic literature, she seeks to explore the depiction of female psychosis in modern and contemporary horror. Her poetry will be published in MCC’s literary and arts journal Shapes, and she is currently working on her first chapbook on grief and its potential for personal transcendence.

The 2020-21 Connecticut Poetry Circuit Outstanding Student Poets also include Gabrielle (Gabby) Colangelo of Yale University, Joelle Gray of Quinnipiac University, Phillip (Phil) Michel of Quinebaug Valley Community College and Mia Yanosy of the University of Connecticut.

About the Connecticut Poetry Circuit

The Connecticut Poetry Circuit was established in 1968 to continue the work of the New England Poetry Circuit, which was founded in 1964 by the Academy of American Poets and Holly Stevens, daughter of the acclaimed poet and Hartford insurance executive Wallace Stevens. The work of the circuit is guided by a panel of poets: Randall Horton, Vivian Shipley, Clare Rossini, John Stanizzi and Kate Rushin. The circuit is directed by James Gentile, an English professor at Manchester Community College, the circuit’s current home. More info can be found at