Archive | September, 2011

Lineup for the Launch!

14 Sep

Hello, Syllable citizens!

Here is our official order of events for Saturday’s Event. (2:00 PM, La Paloma Sabanera in Hartford, suggested donation $5.)


Official Welcome to Syllable!

“Each Christmas We Trekked To Aunt Irene’s” by Jeffrey Schaefer

“Why Macrobiotics?” by Susannah Hodgendorn

“An Open Letter to the Kumquat Industry” by David Ryan Polgar

“Mint Condition” by Dan Russell

“Lobster” by Julia Pistell

Closing Ceremonies: A Cupcake Eating Contest


Rules of this completely ridiculous contest:

Four entrants and three judges will be randomly selected from audience volunteers. Each entrant will get a single La Paloma cupcake to eat. Points will be awarded for grace, elegance, and coolness. The winner gets a book!

Then, we will all hang out and have cupcakes and iced coffees from La Paloma. We will talk about books, reading, writing, and more.

See you there!

— Julia








9 Sep

The lovely and talented Brian Cook has designed us an inaugural poster. Isn’t it gorgeous?


Submit to Syllable!

8 Sep

We are looking for a few good word nerds for our inaugural event on Saturday, September 17th at 2 pm. There will be cupcakes involved, so the theme this time is food writing. Please take a look at our submission guidelines and send us your work.

Remember, good food writing isn’t just about food– it’s about the meaning and stories behind it.


Creative Nonfiction‘s recent food writing issue.

Jeffrey Steingarten’s The Man Who Ate Everything.

Anything by MFK Fisher.

Those are all nonfiction examples, but fiction, poetry, plays, sketches, and anything else with food as a theme or motif is welcome as well.

Submission deadline this time is Monday, September 12th.

Happy writing!

The Start of Syllable

2 Sep

Today is the birthday of a reading series: Syllable, welcome to the world.

Founded and hosted by Julia Pistell, an essayist based in Hartford, Connecticut, the mission of Syllable is to provide an organized space for writers to read their work aloud and build a strong community of peers. It is my hope that Syllable will become a place for emerging writers to experiment with new works and styles, to enjoy the company of others in their field, to practice the fine art of performing an engaging reading, to provide Connecticut writers with the same opportunities as emerging writers in New York and Boston, to expose audiences to a variety of literature, and to bask in the beauty of the written word.

Syllable will convene once a month. The readings, curated for maximum impact by Julia, will be short, sweet, and impressive.

We begin at La Paloma Sabanera on Saturday, September 17th for a kickoff party– with a cupcake-eating contest, to boot!

— Julia