“A winding, narrow road in snowy Pennsylvania, with a curious inn alongside it. A psychiatric hospital in the sticky New York City Summer of 1965. A small family in Poland or Russia, scrambling to finish cooked oil-flecked, gristly angel meat before midnight.” Read more in Lotta Gets Locally Lit by Lucy Gellman for The Arts Paper.
Local Lit @ LOTTA, a bi-monthly literary reading and talk-back series, has announced their first event to be held “on The Range” at LOTTA Studios in Westville, on Tuesday April 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The series aims to highlight the work of local authors and build a constructive community for and about writing.
The event on April 3rd will feature pieces from the following authors:
Charles Rafferty’s poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, O, Oprah Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, The Southern Review and Per Contra. He won the 2016 NANO Fiction prize, and had a story collection published in 2013 called Saturday Night at Magellan’s. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College and teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop. His twelfth collection of poems, entitled The Smoke of Horses, was published in 2017.
Annita Sawyer is a clinical psychologist who has practiced in the New Haven area for almost forty years. Her memoir, Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass, won the 2013 Santa Fe Writers Project grand prize. The narrative essay to be featured at Local Lit @ LOTTA, adapted from the memoir, was published in the Southern Humanities Review in 2014.
Robert Beech, a psychiatrist at Connecticut Mental Health Center and as-yet unpublished author, has lived in New Haven for the past 20 years. Beech will share a work of short fiction.
Local Lit @ LOTTA will continue hosting literary readings on the first Tuesday of every other month. There is a suggested donation of $5, which includes beverages and light snacks. Each event features two or more local authors and includes time for the audience, guided by a moderator, to discuss the presented pieces. While audience members are not required to participate in the discussion, organizer Rebekah Fraser sees the opportunity as a benefit to authors, who often write “in a vacuum” with little or no feedback from people outside their social sphere. “My intention is for Local Lit to become a community-building event for Greater New Haven area writers, where we can connect with other writers and people who enjoy lit.”
The next Local Lit @ LOTTA reading, on June 5th, is now open for submissions. Submission guidelines and other info at http://LocalLitNH.wordpress.com and on Facebook.
January 30, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – New Haven, CT
Greater New Haven area authors will have a new home to share their work with the general public starting this April. The first of a bi-monthly event called Local Lit @ Lotta will occur Tuesday, April 3rd from 7pm -9pm in Westville.
Local Lit organizers Rebekah Fraser and Erin Townsend are seeking submissions from local authors for the first event. “We welcome both published and unpublished short fiction, creative nonfiction, and memoir. Works should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words. We prefer to hear from authors who feel comfortable reading for a general audience. However, it’s not a deal-breaker. As long as the author is willing to let one of the organizers read their piece, that’s fine,” said Fraser, a local author herself.
Each event will feature the work of two or three authors, and will include a brief “talk-back” period where a moderator will guide the audience in discussing the story. While audience members are not required to participate in the discussion, Fraser sees this as an opportunity for the general public and a benefit to authors, who sometimes write “in a vacuum” with little or no feedback from people outside their social sphere. “My intention is for Local Lit to become a community-building event for New Haven area writers, where we can connect with other writers and people who enjoy lit.”
Local Lit @ Lotta
1st Tuesday of every other month, starting April 3, 2018
“on The Range” at Lotta Studio
911 Whalley Ave. New Haven, CT 06515
for more info: http://LocalLitNH.wordpress.com