February 13, 2011

Connecticut Muse: A Celebration of Connecticut Authors

For the past six years, as publisher of Connecticut Muse, the Nutmeg State’s only publication exclusively devoted to the literary life in Connecticut, I have been dedicated to increasing the public’s awareness of the many talented authors who live in Connecticut. Each issue of the quarterly newsletter features book reviews, a list of new releases, a calendar of literary events, and original works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry written by Connecticut authors.
Several well known authors who live in Connecticut are Philip Roth, Wally Lamb, Amy Bloom, Jane Green, Roxana Robinson, Dani Shapiro, Michael and Jane Stern, Gina Barreca, Alice Mattison and many others. Many faculty members at Connecticut’s institutions of higher education (Yale and Wesleyan as well as UConn and the four Connecticut State Universities) are published authors of renown. I’ve had the opportunity to interview a number of Connecticut authors over the years, and these interviews have been published in Connecticut Magazine and a variety of newspapers around the State.
In addition to writing about Connecticut authors, I am a journalist who writes feature articles for many Connecticut publications, and I have had my essays published in a number of anthologies: Voices of Bi-Polar Disorder, Conscious Women, Conscious Relationships, Voices of Breast Cancer, Christmas Traditions and Grab Your Tiger. My own essay collections include Picture This: Photo Inspired Reflections (2009) and Diary of a Mediocre Mom (2007).
Visit  http://www.connecticutmuse.com/  to learn more about the literary life in Connecticut. And if you’re in the area, you should plan to attend the first Connecticut Book Festival (Wally Lamb is the honorary chair) which will be held at the University of Connecticut’s Greater Hartford Campus on May 21-22, 2011  http://www.ctbookfestival.org/
Please visit http://www.connecticutmuse.com/  to learn more about Publisher Patricia D'Ascoli, her projects and her promotional work.


  1. What a wonderful thing, to have a publication celebrating the state's writers.

  2. I live in Connecticut. I need to check it out and see what it says. thanks for the link
    debby236 at att dot net

  3. Patricia, I learn something new every day. I knew nothing about your newsletter. How did it start? Has it been in business a long time? The book festival sounds great too. so much going on in the world out there.
    Thanks for letting us know.

  4. I love Connecticut and have visited there many times. I always think of New England and Connecticut, in particular for some reason, as a cradle of literary art. I actually set part of my first book in a small imaginary village in Connecticut because it seemed a likely place a woman would go to pursue a writing career!

    Your post makes me want to plan another trip up north.


  5. I fell in love with Connecticut watching "The Gilmore Girls". Even if Stars Hollow was more Hollywood than fact, it made me want to visit the state. :)

  6. Kudos for your work promoting area authors and your state. You make me want to visit. :-)


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