Archive | October, 2011

Call for Submissions: Family

31 Oct

We need your pieces about FAMILY, whatever that means to you.

These pieces will be read aloud on Wednesday, November 16th at 7 pm at La Paloma Sabanera.

As a reminder, we take all kinds of writing, including:




Plays (either short or excerpts)




Children’s and YA Literature

Etc., Etc., Etc.


Fear and Poetry in La Paloma

31 Oct

Thank you to everyone who read at this week’s Syllable. The reading series is growing in just the way I’d hoped: an exciting mix of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and general gabbing about books. We learned what a real geek is, and that if you’d like to know the answer you should read Katherine Dunn’s amazing novel Geek Love. We meditate

d on the thoughts that rollerblading in graveyards, asking friends on dates, and aging are terrifying. And black cats are eternally untrustworthy (thanks for that one, Poe).

All in all, we got some good old fashioned Halloween fun in before this snowstorm.

Last but not least: one of our readers asked if he could read a passage aloud from Anne of Ingleside, one of the latervolumes of Anne of Green Gables.  The reading was fantastic, I might add, and I think we’ll allow passages from famous books every now and again.

Next month the theme is family. Please interpret that however you wish. Family

Syllable Series: Tomorrow!

25 Oct

Hello, lovers of reading and writing!

We are thrilled to announce our lineup of writers for tomorrow night’s readings at 7:00 pm. We’ll be reading a couple of classic pieces of fear literature, showcase a couple of returning readers, and welcome three new writers.

We would love to have an audience to watch these brave writers read their work. Afterwards we’ll hang out and, if the audience is willing, talk about our favorite books (my personal favorite activity).

This event will be held at La Paloma Sabanera at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26th. Yes, that’s tomorrow.

Without further ado, here’s our lineup.

October 26th: FEAR

An excerpt from Edgar Allen Poe, read by Julia Pistell

Jennifer Sharp: “Crash”

Meghan Maguire Dahn: “Experience and Narrative”

Karyn Burns: “Untitled”

David Ryan Polgar: “Graveyard Rollerblading”

Chapter 9 of Anne of Ingleside, Read by Dan Russell


Email us at for questions or more information!

Call for Submissions: Fear

7 Oct

We return to Connecticut’s newest (and soon to be greatest) reading series, Syllable, with a roster of readings about FEAR.

The reading portion will be no longer than 40 minutes.

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

Submit your work to For more info on the series, please visit

And please spread the word– we’d like to jam-pack this one and build momentum for a regular monthly series.

** Important note: one of the big goals of this series is to draw as new a crowd as we possibly can, both of audience and of writers. So please, please invite everyone you can– old, young, cool, nerdy, whoever. Spread it around! ***

Syllable Series: Fear!

7 Oct