Archive | May, 2018

Readers for June 3 Syllable Series

29 May

Emily Santarsiero

Emily Santarsiero was born & raised in Glastonbury, CT. She grew up on Shel Silverstein & playing dress-up. So naturally, she studied acting & creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. Her poems are featured in CT Poetry Society’s, Cardinal House Poetry. Recent performances include The Nasty Women Exhibition in New Haven, and CT’s Speak Up. When she’s not acting or writing, she’s sharing her love for theater with the amazing students of Hartford Performs, & Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. Follow her on “The Gram” for more updates! @emsiero214


Nbs Malay considers herself to be more than just a naturally beautiful and sophisticated woman from Springfield, MA. She believes the many talents she has, including: singing, song-writing, spoken word etc., should be used to provide a message to her listeners, her readers and her supporters. Her long term goal is to open the minds of the unknowing and help people to understand that everyone is not the same person. Through her skills, she hopes to help others gain the ability to accept a person for who they choose to be in society. Nbs Malay is the second oldest out of her mother’s eight children. She noticed her gift in writing when her third grade teacher introduced her to different forms of poetry. The art she created started with just her emotions. When she realized how many people could relate to her, she began to write about any topic that came to her mind. She hopes this new journey on becoming an author will get her voice heard and possibly help to make a difference.


Alissa doesn’t have a writing degree, she doesn’t call herself a poet, and doesn’t necessarily call her writings poems.  She hates labels but will call herself a human being. So with that being said, she’s just trying to understand the world she was placed in and the emotions that come along with that.


Jose B. Gonzalez is the author of the International Latino Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock and When Love Was Reels. His poetry has been anthologized in the Norton Introduction to Literature,  Theatre Under My Skin: Contemporary Salvadoran Poetry and Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. He is the co-editor (with John S. Christie) of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature. He has been a contributor to National Public Radio, and has been a featured presenter at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. He has been featured on the syndicated show, American Latino TV, is a Fulbright Scholar, and is the editor of LatinoStories.Com.


Lindsey Frances Pellino is a poet, animal rescue manager, and hospice worker living in Manchester. Her first collection of poetry HYSTERICAL SISTERS, published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press on Valentine’s Day of this year, is about fictional and real life women and sisters – including Britney Spears, the twins from the Shining, an Apollo astronaut’s wife, and JonBonet Ramsey. A selection of her Laura Palmer inspired poetry was published by ANON Magazine in their She’s Full of Secrets Twin Peaks zine. She’s also the newly minted host of a poetry open mic series at the speakeasy in Middletown.


Readers for May 6th Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

3 May


Sasha Debevec-McKenney was born in Hartford and attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. She is a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and will be the Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow in Creative Writing at NYU this fall.


A Chicago native who was raised in Hartford, CT., Zulynette is an alchemist. As a full-time artist, she does it all – performances, workshop facilitation, mentoring, commissioned work, and producing and directing one-of-a-kind storytelling shows. As a creative change agent, she uses art, poetry, a research background and her MSW as social work tools to inspire others to heal and empower themselves.


Catherine Blinder has written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (where in addition to the stuff that no one read, she judged children’s crossword puzzles), The Aspen Times, the Greenfield Recorder, the Northampton Gazette, OpEds for the Hartford Courant, and what used to be called the Hog River Journal and is now called something boring, and lots of defunct political magazines. In addition, she was a regular contributor to Northeast Magazine, where among other things, she wrote about commune kids, shooting off fireworks with George Plimpton at Susanna Styron’s wedding, working on Hunter S. Thompson’s first political campaign, running into Julia Child while promoting tofu in Cambridge, young feminists, the sad decline of customer service and anything else they would pay her for.
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Geeno Maurice Gordon is a product of Hartford Connecticut, born and raised in Westbrook Village in Hartford’s Northend.  He has worked and lived in Hartford for over 30 years. He currently resides in West Hartford.  He is the proud father of two children daughter EmmiSoleil Niah Gordon who is 8 and son Yannick Noah Gordon who just turned 14.  He considers himself a closeted poet who only recently began sharing his work. Among his family he’d always been asked to write inspirational poems for family members who have passed away. It was from their encouragement he was inspired to share his work with a broader audience.