Archive | March, 2017

Syllable: The Reading Series Returns on APRIL 2!

22 Mar

Syllable: The Reading Series is back! We have a new team, a new format, a new location, and it’s all very exciting.

Our next event will be:


7:00 PM

THE REPUBLIC AT THE LINDEN (10 Capitol Avenue, Hartford)


OutdoorLaughingLarge.jpgSOPHFRONIA SCOTT hails from Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with the author Toni Morrison. She was a writer and editor at Time and People magazines before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By (St. Martin’s Press) in 2004. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in writing, fiction and creative nonfiction, from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Timberline Review, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Ruminate Magazine, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine,, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Her forthcoming novel, Unforgivable Love, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in September 2017. She also has on the way an essay collection,Love’s Long Line Alone, from Ohio State University Press and a spiritual memoir, A Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Being in a Secular World, co-written with her son Tain, from Paraclete Press. Sophfronia teaches creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA,as well as the Fairfield County Writers’ Studio. She lives in Sandy Hook, Connecticut where she continues to fight a losing battle against the weeds in her flowerbeds.

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Yelizaveta P. Renfro is the author of a collection of essays, Xylotheque, winner of the 2014 Sarton Memoir Award and a finalist for the 2015 WILLA Women Writing the West Award, as well as a collection of short stories, A Catalogue of Everything in the World, winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, Orion, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review, Witness, Reader’s Digest, Blue Mesa Review, Parcel, Adanna, Fourth River, Bayou Magazine, Untamed Ink, So to Speak, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. Currently a resident of Connecticut, she’s also lived in California, Virginia, and Nebraska. She has taught writing at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, Westfield State University, George Mason University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Mark Twain House.

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Ciaran Berry is a 2012 Whiting Writers’ Award winner. His full-length collections are The Sphere of Birds (2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and The Dead Zoo (2013), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His work has been featured in The Best of Irish Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, and Best New Poets, as well as in journals such as AGNI, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry London, The Missouri Review, and The Southern Review. He grew up in Connemara and Donegal in the west of Ireland, and currently teaches in the creative writing program at Trinity College.


We will also feature two local/up-and-coming readers! To submit your work for consideration, please email: Work must be 5-10 minutes of reading or less in any literary genre.

See you all at the Republic on April 2!