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Spoken Word and Music Series

  • Now in its 10th Season
  • 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 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.


8:00 PM – ALICE B. FOGEL, New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate


Alice B. Fogel has served as the New Hampshire Poet laureate since 2014, with her term  continuing until 2019. Her newest poetry collection, Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” (Schaffner Press, 2015) won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. She has also edited and contributed to another recent title, Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets (Hobblebush Books, 2015). Her third poetry book, Be That Empty (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007), was a national poetry bestseller. In addition, she is the author of a guide for readers, teachers, and writers, entitled Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader (Hobblebush Books, 2009)about ways to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting it.”  Nominated eight times for the Pushcart Prize, Alice’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Robert Hass’s Poet’s Choice, Yale Letters, Inflectionist Review, Spillway, Hotel Amerika, and Upstairs at Duroc, an international arts journal based out of Paris. She has also received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other awards. Alice works as a freelance editor, as well as one-on-one with learning disabled students at Landmark College in Putney, VT. Her website is www.alicebfogel.com.

6:30 PM – NICK CUTRONEO, Classical Guitar

Nick Cutroneo

Nick Cutroneo has performed extensively throughout the United States and Italy, as a soloist, with the New England Guitar Quartet, and with Tempo del Fuoco, a violin and guitar duo, and has also performed regularly with Blackledge Music Inc and the Northeast New Music Collective. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical guitar performance at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, where he studied with Richard Provost and was a member of the prestigious Performance 20/20 honors chamber music program. Devoted to not only the standard repertoire,  Nick has premiered many new works for the classical guitar by EMMY Award-Winning composer, Sean Pallatroni, as well as works by Thomas Schuttenhelm, Frank Wallace, and Dan Lis. He was featured in the Miami String Quartet Competition Winners’ Concert and was named a finalist in the Hartt School’s Paranov Concerto Competition and Semifinalist in the Boston GuitarFest Adult Competition. Nick plans to soon release his debut solo CD, which will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, Fernando Sor, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and Andrew York.  Nick currently serves on the faculty at Central Connecticut State University and Manchester Community College’s Credit-Free Programs, and also provides master classes and clinics to public school music progdrams. In addition, he maintains an active private teaching studio, based out of Manchester, CT. For more information on Nick Cutroneo, please: www.nickcutroneo.com and www.nickcutroneoguitarstudio.com.


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.