You may have noticed we’ve started publishing content again here throughout this fall. It’s something we’re super excited about it, since we’ve been on a hiatus for a little while. Some of you know this, maybe some of you are just getting to know us for the first time.
Regardless, we just wanted to take a minute and update you about what’s happening with us.
Starting in 2013, our founders Tyler Barton and Erin Dorney, set out to create a more connected literary community in the area around York, Harrisburg, and Lancaster (hence, “The Triangle”). They saw that there were already a bunch of great institutions—in the form of readings, regular and one-off events, small presses, community bookstores—as well as a large number of working writers, poets, and literary artists who called our little corner of Pennsylvania home. They wanted to create a platform to strengthen all these institutions, bring people together (both writers, readers, and artists of all kinds), while adding some new ideas to the mix.
And, they did it. The Triangle became a thing. It was a blog and calendar of events for the whole region’s literary scene. But, more importantly, it was a catalyzing organization—hosting unique workshops, weird yet approachable literary events, and bringing authors into the area from NY, Philadelphia, and beyond. They created over 100 blog posts (interviews, reviews, and literary news articles) that garnered over 18,000 page views from visitors around the world. And, they organized close to 30 different readings and workshops. It was awesome.
Then, real life happened. In the Spring of 2015, Tyler got into graduate school to pursue his MFA in fiction writing. Which was great! However, he got into a program that was in Minnesota.
So, by mid 2015, The Triangle went on indefinite hiatus, and Tyler and Erin moved to the Midwest. For about a year, the Triangle website remained an active calendar and content archive. But, during this time, I felt like something was missing. Other folks I talked to felt it too.
In late 2015, I had a conversation with Tyler and Erin about missing The Triangle, and after some time discussing this, we came to the consensus that it needed to come back. I was familiar with nearly everything they were doing, since we were close friends, and I, along with a handful of others, helped out with Triangle stuff from time to time. But I knew, and they knew, I couldn’t do it alone. So we enlisted our friend Matt Kabik, editor of Third Point Press to help make the plan. We agreed to proceed slowly, planning a Triangle reboot that would come to fruition by the end of 2016. Since then, I’ve been meeting with all kinds of awesome people to ask for their support and partnership and participation. Everybody has been enthusiastic, and it has really kept us motivated.
And now, here we are. We’re back!
We’ve got a few new team members, some new leadership, some new partnerships, and a snazzy new website and logo redesign (Thanks, DJ Ramsay!). But, for me, the coolest part about this whole thing that our mission has stayed exactly the same through it all—put Central PA on the map as a place where literary culture thrives. Where writers can find readers, writers can find other writers, art appreciators can know about exciting events, and where writers can be challenged to improve their craft. Plus, art brings people together in ways that we love. We want that for our communities now more than ever.
So, peruse the new website (it’s now a “.org” site). Check out our events calendar. Follow our blog. Get out and go to an event you’ve never thought of going to before. If you want to partner with us, drop us a line. If you’re a writer or literature enthusiast, reach out so we can make cool stuff happen together. We’d love to hear from you. And, we’re here for you.
PS—Stay tuned for more updates about the exciting plans we have for 2017!
PPS—You can keep up with Tyler and Erin by following their new project, Fear No Lit.