Call for Poets & Storytellers!

Sianna Plavin seeks poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers and others for her upcoming DREAMZZZZ show at CR<3 on Sept. 19th. The performance will kick off Plavin’s artist residency and fall tour, which will travel throughout the East Coast over the next few months.
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Artists can enact anything dream-related: 30 second weird dreams about traveling to the center of the earth! Your songs that lull us to sleep/give us nightmares! Famous dreams with big or little historical impact! Dreams of social justice! People interested in telling facts (or fictions) about the science of dreams, nightmares, sleeping/waking/inbetweener states, etc.

Contact sianna.plavin@gmail.com by Sept. 14th with proposals and directions to the location of CR<3.

Roberto Bolaño Reading Group at the Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum will host a Roberto Bolaño reading group from Sept. 2015 – June 2016. Led by member Steve Coon, the group will read and discuss The Savage Detectives, The Romantic Dogs, and 2666, covering the renowned Chilean author’s novels, short stories, and poetry. The group will convene the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5-7 pm. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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Sign-ups & more info here: www.providenceathenaeum.org/programs/BalzacandBaudelaire.html

Proust, Joyce, Examined Life, and a general reading group will be available as well.

Ottessa Moshfegh at Ada Books!

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Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at Ada Books on September 22nd at 6 pm for a reading of her new critically acclaimed book, Eileen. Afterward, Moshfegh will sign copies of her book and offer a Q&A session.

The novel flows through the distinctive voice of Moshfegh’s narrator, “a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s.” Over the course of the story, Eileen becomes implicated in a peculiar crime.

The New York Times Sunday Review of Books writes: “Through Eileen, Moshfegh is exploring a woman’s relationship to her body: the disconnection, the cultural claims, the male prerogative. “And at the time, I didn’t believe my body was really mine to navigate. I figured that was what men were for.” As a result, physical urges, particularly desire, repulse Eileen.”

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Read Moshfegh’s interview on Electric Literature:

EL: I wonder if you remember the debate over unlikeable characters—if women are always expected to write likeable characters, and so on. Do you have some hope for how your book might engage with that debate?

OM: I hope that people might see how ridiculously sexist that is. And it’s so boring. As an artist, I say fuck that debate. Let’s be done with it. The notion of likeability is a concern that the book industry has because there are people who read to feel nothing—people who read in order to check out. They don’t want to be disturbed by the words that they’re reading. They’re scared. The moment they feel challenged, they put down the book and review it on Amazon, “I just couldn’t get into this; it was too dark.” So when you’re selling a book and you say, this might have an effect on you, it turns off cowardly readers. I’m not concerned with those readers. It’s not my job to please people who can’t tolerate anything but lukewarm baths.

Storycorps at Providence Community Libraries

The Providence Community Library system will be hosting Storycorps for the next couple of months. At various locations throughout Providence, interviewers will gather stories through audio recordings that will be archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Storycorps is part of a broader national oral history project meant to capture and preserve Americans’ stories. Rhode Island Public Radio plans to air 4 minute excerpts from some of the interviews conducted in Providence. To schedule an interview with Storycorps, email storycorps@provcomlib.org!

Here are the upcoming locations for Storycorps interviews:

Poets & Spoken Word Artists: New Urban Arts Seeks Mentors!

New Urban Arts is currently looking for artists to mentor youth from October-May. Artist Mentors are college students, emerging artists, and professional artists volunteering 4-8 hours of time per week to work with local high school students in an interdisciplinary art studio on Westminster Street.

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Artist mentors must commit two days a week during the after-school time,
3-5 or 5-7pm, Monday-Friday. All artist mentors participate in a yearlong professional development program (1.5 hours per month) and are required to attend two weekend retreats held in the Fall and Winter. A small stipend is included with the position. Local college students who are work-study eligible are encouraged to apply.

Start your application here!

September 9th: Frequency’s Providence Anthology Release!

Our anthology project has finally come to fruition! We’ve been constructing a cohesive body of work over the course of the past few weeks. The result is a profound and multifaceted dialogue about Providence and our relationship to the city as writers. Thank you all again for your brilliant submissions!

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On September 9th, we will gather at the Ship Room in the Providence Public Library from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for readings, conversations, and collaborations. Anthology contributors will read their work, prompting discussions about civic issues and everyday life in Providence. Everyone will be encouraged to participate in creative activities to further the discussion, thus framing the anthology as a continual collective process.

The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the freshly printed anthology will be available on a sliding scale cost of $7-10. The event will be conducted in cooperation with the public library’s Rhode Island Collection and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. RSVP on Facebook.

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What: Frequency’s Providence Anthology Release Party!

When: Sept. 9, 2015 from 6-8 pm

Where: The Ship Room, Providence Public Library 150 Empire St. Providence, RI

Sarah Tourjee’s Short Story Workshop!

How do we empower our fiction through our experiences in the real world? And how can everyday life be enriched through the practice of fiction?

Sarah Tourjee’s short story workshop, Everyday Fiction, runs from Sept. 16th to Nov. 4th. Explore the possibilities of short fiction as a means of encountering new worlds, real and imagined. Register here!

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The Joshua Tree National Park recently selected Sarah for their Artist-in-Residence program, which provides three weeks of accommodation in the park while artists produce a sponsored project. Several of her short pieces were included in an anthology of ‘best indie literature in New England.’

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Read an excerpt from Sarah’s chapbook, Ghost: anomalouspress.org/8/11.tourjee.ghost.php

Read her short story, Waltergoodmenproject.com/featured-content/walter/

Or check out Aspects of Travel, published in The Rumpustherumpus.net/2015/06/aspects-of-travel/