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Richard Connolly founded Circumstantial Productions in 1982. The company was incorporated in 1983 and operates in Nyack, New York. Circumstantial Productions initially produced arts and cultural projects in New York City and the Hudson Valley region of New York State. These projects led to the production of video documentaries and cable TV programs in the 1980s, and then to the publication of non-fiction, fiction and poetry books in 1990s. Circumstantial Productions’ first book, What Does It Mean to Be Human?, was published with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1998. It is a collection of writing by a diverse international group of artists, authors, and activists including The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias, Vaclav Havel, Wilma Mankiller, Charlie Musselwhite, Elie Wiesel, and Theodore Zeldin. Since 1998, Circumstantial Productions has published individual works by a range of authors including David Beisel, Bob Dorough, Kurt Elling, Thomas Hinde, Anne Geismar, Maxwell Geismar, Fran Landesman and Michael Rumaker.

In October 2011, Circumstantial Productions released its first CD, CONVERSATIONS IN BLUE, David Maxwell & Otis Spann.

In December 2011, CONVERSATIONS IN BLUE and David Maxwell were nominated
for three Blues Music Awards by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

In February 2012, Circumstantial Productions released POEMJAZZ by Robert Pinsky and Laurence Hobgood.

In May 2012, CONVERSATIONS IN BLUE won the 2012 Blues Foundation Award for Best Acoustic Blues CD.

On November  28, 2013, Circumstantial Productions released CHRISTMAS by Laurence Hobgood.

On September  11, 2014, Circumstantial Productions released OUT OF THE BLUE: A 9/11 Elegy by Dan Masterson and Laurence Hobgood.

On December 12, 2014, Circumstantial Productions published HERE WE ARE: A Gallery of Poems by Dan Masterson.