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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Readers for January 7th Syllable Series at Little River Restoratives

12 Dec

Sunday, January 7th

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


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Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.


Benjamin Woodard is a writer and English professor living in Connecticut. He is also Editor-in-Chief at Atlas and Alice. His recent fiction has been featured in New South, WhiskeyPaper, a
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Abi Rodriguez: A Capital student, and veteran; so far have three books of poetry (and prose) published.  As a writer I’ve amassed an extensive portfolio of writing; from books to stage and screen plays, a musical, songs of different genres, and other work. I’ve lived in and around Hartford for 18 years now and call it home.
In past events I’ve spoken about my life and the 20 years of writing which is now culminating into the realization of many youthful dreams I once had.
I enjoy interacting with and taking questions from audience members, and having them choose excerpts from my books. The events have been fun and inspiring for myself and the readers.


Chad Browne-Springer: When I was younger I played Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” music video next to a live performance of the tune and I was taken back by have close in proximity he sounded live to his recordings. I thought that I could do what he did/does. My little homie Beck (the pedal) and I have been at it for a over a year, a bit longer than the band I’m in ​- ​Phat A$tronaut. Really I’ve just gotten better with understanding the relationship between Beck and I, pure transparent communication. In my head what I do is very simple, just notational stacking in accordance to the energy of the moment being made/obtained/sustained. B​ecoming more comfortable with self and the tools I have in my tool shed as an extension of the self.

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.

…. Check back for more readers!

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.

Readers for September 10th at Little River Restoratives

31 Aug

Next event:

Sunday, September 10th

Little River Restoratives

7:00 pm


Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming The Other Mother. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks & Stones and Summertime. He is the humor columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in The Hartford Courant, Reader’s Digest, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. Matthew is also the founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England.

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Rachel Gary is a Hartford native, poet, artist, activist, youth mindfulness and yoga instructor, and works in non-profit communications in order to pass as an adult. She majored in Creative Writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts many (many) years ago, and still reads and writes poetry as a way to shirk her responsibilities as often as possible. She is currently probably out hiking in the woods somewhere, procrastinating working on an eternally forthcoming chapbook of poems with little basis in reality.


n jewell is a cancer sun/aries moon/leo rising based in new haven connecticut. they make poetry mixing pastoral and commercial textures to examine where the lyric tradition breaks down into silence, repetition, and cliche. their work can be found in shabby doll house, peach magazine, ferrofluid, and alien mouth. they co-edit glo worm press and bench press.

August 6th Syllable Readers at Little River Restoratives!

10 Jul

Next Event:
August 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Little River Restoratives

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E.V. Legters is a long-time resident of Newtown, Connecticut. She comes from upstate New York, worked in public relations and advertising, raised three children, earned her MFA at The Vermont College of Fine Arts, taught for many years at Connecticut schools and colleges, and is now entirely devoted to writing and travel.  E.V.’s award-winning short stories have appeared in literary journals such as Glimmer Train and Alaska Quarterly Review, and her well-received 2016 debut novel, Connected Underneath — a finalist for the Forward Indies Award  was followed by Vanishing Point, released in May of this year. She’s polishing on her short story collection, When We’re Lying, for 2018, and on her third novel, A Small Scale Madness, for release in 2019.

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Masquerading as a functional human being Ony. should not be considered a writer. He is a reluctant creator, deploying his limited vocabulary to give voice to the last, the lost, the least, the left out, and looked over. He hopes to one day play the lead role in the Broadway production of Waterworld alongside Angela Basset.



Susan Campbell is a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies. She is also a columnist for the Hartford Courant, and the website, Connecticut Health Investigative Team (, and a frequent contributor on issues of housing and homelessness to WNPR, and the political website, The Hill, as well as the newspaper, The Guardian. She is an award-winning author of “Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl,” and the biography, “Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker.” Her new book, “Searching for the American Dream in Frog Hollow, America,” is due out in the spring of 2018 from Wesleyan University Press.

Readings will be held at Little River Restoratives in Hartford, CT. You may (and should!) order food and drink during the reading.


Syllable also accepts takes literary submissions of all kinds. There will be two readers selected from community submissions for each evening.
No reading will last longer than 10 minutes (about 4 prose pages), so your submission must stand alone in that time frame. Shorter submissions are very welcome.

To us, “literary” means “of the best possible writing quality in your genre.” It also means you use appropriate grammar and have proofread your piece many times. It means you love writing, you love reading, and you love words. That’s what Syllable is all about.

To submit, please email