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



Syllable Series: June 4th Readers & A New Location!

30 May


Next Syllable Series:

June 4th, 7:00 pm

Little River Restoratives




In his works: “brett a. maddux is a poet living in hartford, connecticut. friends and contemporaries have often described his writing as a mixture of “is he still doing that?” and “well, at least he tried.” his first collection of poems, regent, was released by silk house publishing at the end of 2016.”


Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016. His first collection of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, is forthcoming from Two Dollar Radio in winter 2017.

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Darcie Dennigan is the author of three poetry books, including PALACE OF SUBATOMIC BLISS. She founded the nonprofit community Frequency Writers (in Providence) and writes for / teaches at lots of places, including at UConn. Currently obsessed with: poems by Nikki Wallschlaeger and plays by Sibyl Kempson.


Andrew Sottile grew up on the Connecticut shore and now lives in West Hartford. He teaches at Manchester Community College, where he also coordinates the Common Read program. He is at work on a novel.


Syllable accepts two community submissions per month: email your piece (up to 7 minutes in reading length) to for consideration.

Syllable Series: May 7th Readers

13 Apr

Next Syllable Series:

May 7th, 7:00 pm

The Republic at the Linden




Ethan Rutherford’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, American Short Fiction, and The Best American Short Stories.  His first book, The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, a finalist for the John Leonard Award, received honorable mention for the PEN/Hemingway Award, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and was the winner of a Minnesota Book Award.  Born in Seattle, Washington, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and now teaches Creative Writing at Trinity College.  He lives in Hartford, Connecticut with his wife and two sons.

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Dan Pope is the author of the novels “Housebreaking” (Simon & Schuster, 2015) and “In the Cherry Tree” (Picador, 2003).  His short stories have appeared in many journals, including Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, McSweeney’s, Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, and others. He is a 2002 graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he attended on a Truman Capote Fellowship. He is a winner of the Glenn Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters, and grants in fiction from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.


Leah Nielsen earned her M.F.A. from the University of Alabama. Her first collection of poems, No Magic, was published by Word Press. Her chapbook, Side Effects May Include, which examines the state of permanent patienthood, was published in 2014 by The Chapbook. Among other places, her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, and Rattle, Southern Indiana Review, and The Timberline Review. She lives Westfield, MA, and teaches at Westfield State University.


Syllable accepts two community submissions per month: email your piece (up to 7 minutes in reading length) to for consideration.

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!

2016 Themes: “Repeat, Repeat” and “In the City”

10 Feb

Syllable is bouncing into the new year with two great themes:

“Repeat, Repeat” on March 23rd

“In the City” on April 20th


Location: Hartford Prints! on Pratt Street in Hartford, CT.

Due date for submissions: 1 week prior to reading.

Writers: we need your pieces inspired by the word “hidden,” whatever that means to you. Go bananas. Poetry, prose, sketches, skits, short plays, songs– every genre is fair game as long as you do your literary best.

Listeners: just come, listen, laugh at the funny parts.

Syllable takes literary submissions of all kinds. 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. Submission guidelines:

Songs, diaries, plays, and creative interpretations of literature are welcome!

This event is BYOB and has a suggested donation of $5.

The mission of Syllable: A Reading Series is to provide a space for Connecticut writers of all levels to showcase their work, and to expose the public to a variety of writing styles. Syllable aims to be another brick in the strong arts community in the Greater Hartford area. This event is possible in part by a grant from the City of Hartford.

Announcing Winter, Spring & Summer Syllable Dates & Themes!

24 Dec

This holiday season we’re giving you the gift of planning ahead. This is the year you banish your excuses and submit to Syllable.

Here are all of our dates & themes for Syllable 2015. (The first half, anyway.) All will be held at Hartford Prints!

Jan 28– Argument
Feb 25– Beauty
March 25- Childhood
April 29- Danger
May 27- Exits
June 24- Free
Go put these dates in your calendar. Now, get writing!

Announcing our Fall Dates & Themes!

17 Sep

We’re back!

This fall, Syllable Series will be at Hartford Prints, located at 42 1/2 Pratt Street in Hartford. Come on in and enjoy!

September 24th: Depth

October 22nd: Decay

November 19th: Doubles

December 10th: Desire

Submission deadlines are 3 days before each event. Email your submissions and questions to