Upon Brett Figlewski’s return to the Litchfield Hills, where he was born and raised, he became inspired to start a literary and arts journal that would pay homage to the 19th-century New England Transcendentalists and their magazine, The Dial.  He approached the newly-formed 14th Colony Artists and pitched his idea and then began to hold meetings at his house in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut.

Staff Page Arts Journal

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During the months that followed, a small group of people came together to help form the journal, meeting for dinner at local watering holes: the Falls Village Inn on a winter night, the Boathouse, and the Black Rabbit.

Serendipity seemed to have a hand in the formation of the group when Housatonic Heritage chose to support the endeavor and further set the journal’s founders on their course.  The cherry on top came at a meeting when one member delivered the journal’s conceptual mantra: “Place informs consciousness.”