Lit Talks! are back for 2021. Our virtual programming strives for the same thought-provoking dialogue as our on-ground festival. (And offers a satisfying poke-in-the-eye to the pandemic.)  
Thanks to CT Humanities for funding the talks, and all the writers for their participation. 
As the vaccine courses through the world, we’ll offer more virtual programming leading up to the terrestrial festival on October 23, 2021. Fingers crossed. 
You must register to attend the virtual event. It’s easy. Check back for additional programming. 

Aaron Caycedo-Kimura is the author of the forthcoming full-length collection Common Grace (Beacon Press, 2022) and the chapbook Ubasute (Slapering Hol Press, 2021), which won the 2020 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. His poetry has appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalPoet LoreDMQ ReviewTule ReviewLouisiana LiteratureThe Night Heron Barks, and elsewhere. Aaron earned his MFA in creative writing from Boston University and is a recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship in Poetry. 

Julia Morris Paul’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in such literary journals as Comstock ReviewNew Mexico Review, HERE, Radar PoetryConnecticut Review, Minerva Rising and Mom Egg Reviewas well as in numerous anthologiesHer chapbook, Staring Down the Tracks, was published by The Poetry Box (2020) and her book, Shook, by Grayson Books (2018). She is president of Riverwood Poetry Series, a long-standing reading series in Hartford and an elder law attorney. 

Summer Tate has been writing and performing poetry for 20 years. She teaches Senior English in Hartford, Connecticut.  Summer is a mother of two, holds a Master’s in English Education, and received her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing from Fairfield University. 

Two-time winner of the CT Book Award, Pegi Deitz Shea is the author of more than 450 published articles, essays, stories, and poems for adult readers, and award-winning books for young readers. She teaches in the UCONN Creative Writing Program. She founded and directs the Poetry Rocks reading series in Vernon, CT where she is Poet Laureate. 

Daniel Donaghy is the author, most recently, of Somerset, co-winner of the 2019 Paterson Poetry Prize. His previous poetry collections are Start with the Trouble and Streetfighting. He received a 2019 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Office of the Arts and a Professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he edits Here: a poetry journal with his students.

Dehjah Drye is a 16 year old high school student at New London’s Science and Technology Magnet High School and a member of Writer’s Block Ink in New London. She has always had a passion for creative writing, and more recently poetry. Toward the end of middle school, she decided to indulge in this passion further, and was thrilled by all the new opportunities writing had to offer. She also enjoys music, photography, and movie-watching in her free time. 

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