Archive | September, 2017

Readers for December 3 Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

21 Sep

Sunday, December 3rd

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


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Poet, songwriter, and Emmy Award nominee, Susanna Rich performs her one-woman musical Shakespeare’s *itches: The Women Talk Back and is the author of three poetry collections:Surfing for Jesus; Television Daddy; and The Drive Home. Visit at

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Rand Richards Cooper is the author of The Last to Go and Big As Life.His fiction has appeared in Harper’sGQ, Esquire, The Altantic, and many other magazines, and in Best American Short Stories. He has been Writer-in-Residence at Amherst and Emerson colleges. A longtime writer for Bon Appétit and the New York Times, and a former blogger for, Rand lives in Hartford with his wife and daughter. He is a Contributing Editor at Commonweal Magazine and writes a monthly column, “In Our Midst,” for Hartford Magazine.

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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.


Danusha Goska is a recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant, and a Stephen King Haven Grant. Her book, “Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype” won the Polish American Historical Association Halecki Award. Her book “Save Send Delete” was inspired by her relationship with prominent atheist Michael Shermer. Her new book “God through Binoculars: A Hitchhiker at a Monastery” will appear in 2018.

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Christine Kalafus is a writer, storyteller, editor and teacherHer recently completed memoirBlueprint for Daylight, a funny and heartbreaking story of infidelity, cancer, colicky twins, and the flood in her basement, won the Sarah Patton Stipend Award for non-fiction this June in NYC. Her essays have been published in PAGEThe Writer in the World, and Woven Tale Press. “Horses,” Christine’s experimental poem of loss, is presently a finalist for the Knightville Poetry Award and will be published in the 2018 issue of The New Guard.


For fun, she performs stories to live audiences. “I Hear You Make Cakes,” performed at Laugh Boston, was selected by The Moth for its national podcast.


Christine lives in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut in an old farmhouse that needs her.

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Many of our December readers will be reading works from a new collection– information below!


Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents.

An anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry from over sixty-five contributors.

Published by Red Hen Press.

Available now for pre-order at a reduced price on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel.

Read more about Two-Countries on the Red Hen Press site at

Read more about the editor at




Readers for November 5 Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

21 Sep

Sunday, November 5th

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm



Sonya Huber’s new essay collection is Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System. Her other books include Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and other journals. She teaches at Fairfield University and directs Fairfield’s Low-Residency MFA Program.
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Kem Joy Ukwu‘s fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript, Locked Gray / Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize and is forthcoming from Brain Mill Press in February 2018. Born and raised in the Bronx, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. More of her work can be found at
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Lauren Bolstridge grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. She started her pursuit for higher education at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont, where she studied animation, video and painting. She then studied at Manchester Community College where printmaking and video installation became the main focus in her work. Deciding that college wasn’t a good fit for her, she stepped out into the real world to see where her creativity would lead her. Through chance, or maybe fate, she stumbled upon Tainted Inc., a Hartford-based collective of female artists who would later become her most trusted collaborators and dearest friends. Here, the brand FemmeGod was born, and Lauren began exploring fashion as an artistic medium.  After only one year of designing, she landed her first solo show at Hartford Fashion Week. She has had her designs featured in Trashion Fashion in 2015 and 2016, along with having her work internationally published in Dark Beauty Magazine.  During this time, Lauren also worked as Gallery Assistant at MCC on Main in Manchester, Connecticut. For 3 years, she helped install over 20 art exhibitions and deepened her involvement in the arts community throughout the New England Area.  True to her Piscean nature, Lauren swims through the tides of creativity, always searching for her next project. She is honored and thrilled to participate in this installment of Syllable Series.


Marshall Mallicoat is a poet from Olathe, Kansas. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut where he works in insurance. You can find him online at

Readers for October 1 Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

18 Sep

Next event:

Sunday, October 1sst

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


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Amity Gaige is the author of three novels, O My DarlingThe Folded World, and Schroder.  A New York Times Notable Book, Schroder has been translated into eighteen languages, and was shortlisted for UK’s The Folio Prize in 2014.  Amity is the winner of a Fulbright Fellowship, fellowships at the MacDowell and Yaddo colonies, a Baltic Writing Residency, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship.  From 2010-16, she was the Writer-in-Residence at Amherst College, and now teaches at Wesleyan and Yale. Ethan Rutherford will join Amity in reading her piece.

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Kathy Leonard Czepiel is the author of A Violet Season, named one of the best books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews. Her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Writer, Cimarron Review, and numerous other publications. The recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kathy teaches writing at Quinnipiac University. Her current projects include a YouTube channel, Better Book Clubs, where she posts videos for book clubs every other Wednesday.


Julie Choffel is a poet from Texas via Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut. She is the author of the books Figures In A Surplus and The Hello Delay, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. She teaches writing at UConn and Tunxis Community College, and was recently named Poet Laureate of West Hartford.


Alycia Jenkins aka Lady Abstract. My motto is to change the world one city at a time.


Jamil Ragland is a longtime resident of Hartford. He graduated from Trinity College in 2013. A freelance writer, he has been published in the Hartford Courant, Northend Agents, CT Mirror and other local publications. He was also the co-host of Radius, a podcast produced by WNPR about the city of Hartford. Jamil writes with his friend at the blog Nutmegger Daily.