Archive | February, 2018

Readers for March 4th Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

25 Feb

Sunday, March 4th

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


Melissa Wyse is a fiction writer and essayist. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Rumpus,Shenandoah, and Urbanite. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and has been awarded Fellowships and residencies at the McDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation.  She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Ruby Grant, and she serves as the Writer in Residence at the Pomfret School. Melissa is the founder and director of the Idlewild Writers Retreat, which holds its annual writers retreat here in Connecticut each autumn. She is currently completing a collection of linked short fiction set in World War II Hawaii titled Moon Over Sand Island.

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Kate Monica is a technical writer living in Boston. Her poems have been featured in Potluck MagHobartThe QuietusHart House ReviewSouvenir LitAlien Mouth, and others. Her first collection of poems, Nervous Universe, was released by Electric Cereal in 2015. She drinks 30 cans of La Croix a day. She does not know how to pronounce La Croix.

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Michael Augustine Jefferson is a Pushcart nominated poet that has watched the movie, “Blackfish” at least 8 times.

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Readers for Feb 11th Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

11 Feb

Sunday, Feb 11th

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


Erin Fitzgerald is Online Editor at Barrelhouse. Her work has appeared in Okey-PankyThe RumpusAtticus ReviewSalt HillHobart, and other fine literary publications. Her novella about an Internet catfish, Valletta78, is available from Outpost19 Books. She lives in New Milford, where she’s seen Rob Zombie buy Halloween decorations at Walmart.


Born in New Britain Connecticut and raised by a machinist and a waitress, Jason Labbe received his MFA from the University of Virginia as a Henry Hoyns Fellow. He is the author of a full length collection of poems, Spleen Elegy (BlazeVOX, 2017), and a handful of chapbooks, including Blackwash Canal (2011) and Dear Photographer (Phylum Press, 2009). His poems and prose appear widely in such publications as PoetryBoston ReviewA Public SpaceConjunctionsColorado Review, and DIAGRAM. Jason Labbe has taught writing at the University of Virginia, the University of Connecticut, and Southern Connecticut State University. Also a drummer and recording engineer, he has worked with many artists in New England and New York City. He splits his time between Bethany, Connecticut and Brooklyn, New York.


Thomasina Levy, was Connecticut State Troubadour for 2005 and 2006. She is a poet and award winning musician whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. Her studies as a Facilitator of Music Improvisation reaffirm her belief that music is in each one of us and just waiting for the right time to emerge. She uses music, poetry and art to help students of all ages discover their own creative spirits. Thomasina is a Teaching Artist Mentor who helps fellow artists, educators, schools and museums incorporate the arts into their programs. Her music has been aired in over twenty countries across the globe. Described as a charismatic performer, she touches audiences with a simplicity, humanity, and strength drawn from the deep roots of the folk tradition. Her poem, “Evensong” was published with Connecticut Poet Society. Her found word poem, “Gasconading Bluster”, will be included in “Unlocking the Word,” a 2018 anthology edited by Dr. Jonas Zdanys.

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