April 25–Stephanie Wortman reads

Stephanie Wortman will be reading at Books on the Square on Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm. She’ll be reading poems from her first and newly released book, In the Permanent Collection, which was selected for the Vassar Miller Prize. Stephanie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College.

Upcoming Readings at Brown

Mark your calendars–here’s what is coming up from the Literary Arts Program at Brown. Thanks, Gale Nelson!

These are all free and open to the public. 

Tuesday, 1 April at 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Robert Coover reads from his new novel, The Brunist Day of Wrath, a follow up to his first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, which earned the William Faulkner Foundation First Novel Award in 1966. He has published over a dozel novels, three collections of short fiction, and one collection of plays. He is T.B. Stowell Professor Emeritus at Brown, where he taught for over thirty years, established the International Writers Project, a program that provides an annual fellowship and safe haven to endangered international writers, and launched the world’s first hypertext fiction workshop. Described in the New York Times as “probably the funniest and most malicious” of the postmodern writers, Robert Coover mixes up “broad social and political satire with vaudeville turns, lewd pratfalls and clever word play that make us rethink both the mechanics of the world and our relationship to it.”

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Tuesday, 8 April at 2:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Lori Baker reads from her fiction and answers questions about her work in the next installment of Writers on Writing. The Glass Ocean, the book from which she’ll read, received praise from The Guardian (UK), Harry Mathews, Thomas Pynchon and Joanna Scott. Man-Booker Prize novelist John Banville called the book “that rarest of things, a historical novel, or at least a novel set in history, that is also a work of art.” Her other books are collections of short fiction: Crash & Tell, Crazy Water: Six Fictions (winner of the Mandouha S. Bobst Prize) and Scraps.

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Wednesday, 9 April at 4:30 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Magnus William-Olsson reads in the Contemporary Writers Series. Magnus William-Olsson is a poet, literary critic and translator who was born and lives in Sweden. He has translated from ancient and modern Greek, Spanish and Danish, and has also published nine volumes of his own poetry and four books of essays on poetry. Editor of two series of books, William-Olsson’s poetry has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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10 April at 7 pm, McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown Street
Peter Waterhouse will take part in the Contemporary Writers Series. Peter Waterhouse was born in Berlin in 1956 of an English father and an Austrian mother and studied in Vienna and Los Angeles. Long a resident of Vienna, Peter Waterhouse is one of Austria’s leading poets and a noted translator from both English (Michael Hamburger, Gerard Manley Hopkins) and Italian (Andrea Zanzotto, Biagio Marin). He has received numerous prizes, including the Heimito von Doderer Prize (1997) and the H.C. Artmann Prize (2004). More recent poetry includes Menz (2002), Prosperos Land (2001), Verloren ohne Rettung (2001). His latest publication is a novel/memoir, Krieg und Welt (2006).

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17 April at 2:30 pm Cal Bedient (Writers on Writing)
22 April at 7 pm Peter Gizzi (Contemporary Writers Series)
23 April at 7 pm Rosmarie Waldrop & Nikolai Duffy (Contemporary Writers Series)
25 April at 5 pm Laszlo Kraznahorkai (Contemporary Writers Series)
1 May at 2:30 pm Arthur Sze (Writers on Writing)

Frequency Writers Published in Hope Street

Nine Poetry Loft poets from RI and MA will be published in Hope Street, poems on love and loss, forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

Contributors include: Nancy E. Brown, Michael Crowley, James Cronin, Diane Dolphin, Joan Fishbein, Karen Haskell, Beatrice Lazarus, Sandra Moran, and Maureen Lapre.
A discount price of $5.50 will be available for a limited time prior to publication.
Release date is May 25, 2014.
To read samples and pre-order this collection, visit:


Calls for submissions and fellowship applications

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The Fairytale Review is currently accepting submissions for its next issue and for its first prose and poetry contest.

A Public Space is taking applications for its new fellowship positions.

Be a visiting fellow at the American Library in Paris. More information here.

The American Short Fiction short story contest is open to submissions. Writers of short and flash fictions, why not send them something?

Get excited for Adam Golaski’s Upcoming Class!

Horrible Ideas for Writing Great Horror Stories

Without plagiarism (obviously!) in our hearts, we read seeking ideas for our own fictions. A flawed story? Oh joy! Certainly writers of horror stories are ever-reading through the gothic corpus (corpse?) looking for great ideas in flawed fictions. We give Karl Edward Wagner’s short story “Sticks” a close read and see what we can see that Wagner didn’t. Most likely, you’ll walk away with an idea for your own horror classic.

Click here for more info, including where you can find a copy of “Sticks” prior to the workshop.

Instructor: Adam Golaski
Date: Sunday, April 13, 10:30am-2:30pm
Location: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence
Tuition: Sliding Scale, from $25 to $60
Reserve your spot here: http://frequencywriters.org/register/

Open Mic Night–this Wednesday

We had such a great time at last month’s open mic that we decided to have another!

Same deal, different location.

Brent at Ada Books has been kind enough to let us use his fantastic space, so you’ll be reading among friendly walls of books.

Wednesday, March 19th
Ada Books (717 Westminster Street in Providence)
7-9 pm. There will be some baked goods, but feel free to bring your refreshments as well.
5 minute reading slots. Sign-ups at the event, or you can reserve your spot by emailing frequencyprovidence@gmail.com
tumblr_n28kil0hfC1tpdyqpo1_1280Feel free to bring family and friends! Let’s celebrate the coming warm months.