Poet John Trumbull by his cousin, painter John Trumbull. Confused? Only because you haven't been properly taught American literature (or American art for that matter). Holes in the Canon: The Hartford Wits and Literary History January 1, 2017 Check out my latest essay up on Queen Mob's Teahouse, on the Hartford (or Connecticut) Wits and their place in literary history. It is a plea for more historicity in our curriculum choices...but no, wait! It's actually a fun read. Check it out.