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Middlesex Community College student Mari Spallone will be featured in the poetry reading by State Winners on March 29

Please note that this event has been postponed from March 8 to 29 due to inclement weather.

Feb. 27, 2018 – Middlesex Community College student Mari Spallone of Clinton, Connecticut has been selected as a 2017-18 Connecticut Student Poet by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit. Spallone joins four other award-winning students from Yale, Wesleyan, Trinity and Quinnipiac for a poetry reading on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 4 p.m. on the Middlesex campus. Free and open to the public, the event will take place in the Chapman Hall Library Periodicals Room, located at 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown.

“It’s very surprising to receive this honor, especially since this is my first time writing poetry,” said Spallone, who is currently studying liberal arts at Middlesex. “After a career in accounting and financial management, I was looking for a change and signed up for a creative writing course at Middlesex. The first section of the course focused on poetry, and my teacher encouraged me to enter my writing in the Connecticut Poetry Circuit competition.

Each year, the Connecticut Poetry Circuit selects five Connecticut students to read their work at several colleges and festivals across the state. Last year, the circuit’s selection judges included Vivian Shipley, Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet and editor of the Connecticut Review, and the late Dick Allen, Poet Winner of the Pushcart Prize and former Connecticut Poet Laureate from 2010 to 2015.

“It was a pleasure having Mari in my creative writing class and working with her to revise her pieces during the nomination process. His voice of a poet is so seasoned for such a new writer. Even the circuit director mentioned that she ranked very high among poets, ”said Christine Ruggiero, English teacher at MxCC.

Middlesex is proud to also recognize three former students who received this rare honor: Ben Radcliffe, 2016, Hannah Watkins, 2011 and Jerry McGuire, 1978.

Established in 1968, the Connecticut Poetry Circuit continues the work of the New England Poetry Circuit, which was founded in 1964 by the Academy of American Poets and Holly Stevens, the daughter of Wallace Stevens, the renowned Hartford poet and insurance executive. . In addition to Shipley and Allen, the tour is guided by a panel of poets including Randall Horton, Clare Rossini and Kate Rushin.

Poetry reading is one of the spring events of the Middlesex Community College Creative Writing Club. For more information, please contact Professor Ruggiero, at [email protected]

Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high quality, affordable and accessible education to a diverse population, building the strengths of individuals through degree programs, certificates and lifelong learning programs. which lead to academic transfer, employment and a better understanding of our shared responsibilities as citizens of the world. Part of the Connecticut Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers over 60 degree or certificate programs at the 35-acre main campus in Middletown, MxCC @ Platt in Meriden and online.