MCC offers poetry, jazz Thursday

MANCHESTER — The Mishi-Maya-Gat spoken word series will resume Thursday, April 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Manchester Community College’s space on Main Street.

Thursday’s event will feature two poets followed by a jazz quartet.

Peter Gizzi is an English professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  He has authored seven poetry collections.  His most recent, “Archeophonics,” was a finalist for the 2016 Book Award.


Jon Ruseski just released his debut poetry collection, “Space Mountain.” He lives in western Massachusetts where he teaches writing while working for Factory Hollow Press.


Following the poets will be The Dwonztet, made up of four musicians: Kris Allen on the alto saxophone; Jen Allen on the keyboards; Matt Dwonszyk on the bass; and Curtis Torian on the drums.  The quartet will begin its set at 8 p.m.


Kris Allen recently released his second album titled “Beloved.”  He is currently the Lyell B. Clay artist-in-residence in jazz at Williams College.


Jen Allen is a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York City.  She is also an educator at Trinity College in Hartford, where she directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz history and music business.

Dwonszyk is a performer who graduated from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz, where he studied with world renowned bassist Nat Reeves.


Torian graduated from Berklee College of Music and has shared the stage with Walter Beasley and Warren Byrd.


Mishi-Maya-Gat is hosted by founder Stephen Campiglio and is free and open to the public.

Originally published by the Journal Inquirer

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