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 producing online Lit Talks!, publishing the CT Literary Anthology, and curating an on-ground festival. 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. Thank you to our individual, non-profit and corporate partners.

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Festival Director

Jotham Burrello

Advisory Board

Mary Collins

Ken Cormier

Aimee Pozorski

Colin Hosten

Sergio Troncoso

Pieter Roos

Susan Schoenberger

Diane Vivona

Festival Staff

Samuel Sandoval

Elizabeth Mauro

Kristiana Torres

Hayley Fiedler

Victoria Juniet


Amanda Fahy

Anna Christiano

Julia Wnuk

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.)

2019 Festival Map
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.