Haddam Neck Fair Ag Exhibit “Letters from a Small State” is a place to find, read, and think about beautiful writing. 

Here you will find blog posts about people, places, toast racks, Brett Favre. They could be rant, humor, poetry, musings, interviews, more.

The goal of this site is to bring you writing that is cohesive, descriptive, and driven by emotion.

There might find a “how to” posts here and there, but for the most part if you want to learn how to write a beautiful blog post, our philosophy is simple: read more beautiful writing.


How do you determine what is “beautiful writing?”  Like all art, beautiful writing is open to interpretation. But here’s a few of our criteria:

  • pushes the boundaries of genre
  • examines choices and beliefs
  • makes internal connections
  • is emotionally packed
  • is written with precise and often unexpected detail
  • starts somewhere and ends somewhere.

Who writes here?
This is a blog that brings you work by many different writers. Some posts are written by me (see below).  Others come from guest contributors.Many posts are about other writers, with links to their work.

What is a “Big Question“?
“Big Question” is a series that poses One Big Question, over the course of a month, to multiple contributors and asks them (and you!) to look for as many different ways to answer it.

Where are the cool photos from?
The posts include both my original photography, which I often take on my iPhone using the great app, Hipstamatic. Images that are not mine I grab from Flickr Creative Commons.

I offer my ‘Please Use’ Policy: All of my photos are “please use.” Feel free to use them in your personal or commercial endeavors (as long as you’re not selling them specifically). Just credit “Elizabeth Howard at Letters from a Small State” and link back to my site.

Can I submit my work?
Submissions and queries are warmly accepted. Please see the Contact and Submission page to submit or ask me anything. —

Who is Elizabeth G. Howard? E Howard Poetry Reading
I am a poet, a journalist, a mother, and a detail picker.

I have been thinking and writing about American identity since 2004 when I moved to London. Probably before that.

I’ve been blogging since 2004, starting with my journal “Letters from London, and Elsewhere.” I am the creator of Demand Poetry; I explore the idea of home through poetry and photography for the Stratford Patch; and I wrote for the international writing community, Writing our Way Home, and was published in its anthology.

I am: Elizabeth Howard, writer, broken guitar string, Emmylou consumer, displaced Iowan, lost Londoner, Disney Ducktorate holder, Facebook insulter.

I like: Sound of Music singalong, Oscar theme parties, straight-hair wigs, direct statements, Amsterdam licorice, finding your Muppet, spoon and fork.

I steal: style, never substance; slices, never the pie.

I never: stay put, let go, stop loving.

I have: vivid dreams, reluctant minivan, Betty cat, Canadian counterpart, 4 decades. Plus.

I dream: Dominican moonrise, pink Vespas, white goats nibbling green cheese hillsides, toolbelt afternoons.

I hate: Red-ink reinforcers, whispers behind hands, too much frosting–not enough cake.

Would that I were: Eddie Izzard.

Find our more about me here!