The Connecticut Literary Festival is produced by students and staff at Central Connecticut State University. Under the leadership of professor Jotham Burrello, the festival serves readers and writers from Connecticut and beyond. Each fall the festival takes over all five galleries at Real Art Ways in Hartford. Each space offers programming and prose including an interactive typewriter gallery. A literary carnival all under one roof.

Due to current events, the Fall 2020 festival is going online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.


Festival Director

Jotham Burrello

Advisory Board

Mary Collins

Ken Cormier

Briann Greenfield

Colin Hosten

Leslie McGrath

Pieter Roos

Susan Schoenberger

Sergio Troncoso

Diane Vivona

Festival Staff

Kathryn Fitzpatrick

Connor Giveans

Victoria Juniet

Alanna Levesque

Bailey Mackowitz

Matt Maguda

Elizabeth Mauro

Shayna Shattelroe

Kristiana Torres

Alixandrea Tremont

Directions to Real Art Ways

Real Art Ways is located at 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, Connecticut.

From I-91 North or South

Take I-84 West in Hartford. Follow directions below.

From I-84 West or I-84 East

Take Exit 46 onto Sisson Avenue. Turn left onto Sisson Avenue. Turn left onto Capitol Avenue. Take the third right onto Arbor Street. Turn left at the big brick building, and then turn into the driveway marked with the RAW sign. Follow the drive to the back.

FastTrack bus service available, click here to plan your trip.
Event Parking

Free parking is available in the Real Art Way lot off of Arbor Street. Additional free street parking is available on Orange, Arbor, and Capitol Streets. (Always obey posted parking signs.)

Download the festival map here.
Anti-Harassment Policy

The Connecticut Literary Festival presents fun, smart, diverse, inclusive, and sometimes irreverent programming celebrating the written word, writers, and readers. Our fair features booksellers and magazines. Attendance is free and open to the general public, and as such, no disruptive or harassing behavior will be tolerated on festival grounds. If you are experiencing disruptive, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, please either find a festival staff member, contact us anonymously after the event via email, or call 9-1-1.