Write where you are this Sunday with Kate Schapira!

This one-day workshop will focus on what Providence has to offer poets. One of those things is “more poets”, so we’ll read and emulate a range of works by local writers — and do a reading with them after the end of the class session. The day will also include writing from place, memory, and imagination, and — weather permitting — a short poetry walking tour.*

*If walking long distances is difficult for you, it’s possible that we can adapt the class, so please contact the instructor at kjschapira@hotmail.com with your needs and questions.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 12pm-5pm (class); 5:30pm-7pm (reading)
Location: 186 Carpenter Street
Tuition: $25-60 sliding scale
Register soon!

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Kate Schapira is the author of four full-length books of poems: The Soft Place, How We Saved the City, The Bounty: Four Addresses, and TOWN. Her eighth chapbook, The Ground / The Pass / The Wave, came out with Grey Book Press in 2013. She lives in Providence, RI, where she teaches nonfiction writing at Brown University and poetry as a Writer in the Schools, and co-curates the Publicly Complex Reading Series at Ada Books.

Poetry at the Athenaeum-April 25

Poetry at the Athenaeum-April 25

Dear Athenaeum members and friends and all poetry lovers:

Each spring since 1991, the Philbrick Poetry Project has brought nationally established and emerging New England poets to the Athenaeum for an evening of readings to showcase their work and promote the art of poetry in New England.

And each year the description of the Project has explained that it was created in honor of Charles Philbrick, a noted poet who taught at Brown University, and his wife Deborah, who served as a mentor to many young poets throughout her life.

But beyond those brief descriptions, who were Charles and Deborah Philbrick? This year we bring their memory to the forefront of the celebration and introduce them to a new generation of poets, poetry lovers, and Athenaeum members and friends.

On April 25th, at 7pm, three generations of Philbrick family members, along with friends, poetic heirs, and beneficiaries of Charles and Deborah Philbrick, as well as Athenaeum members and friends of all ages, will introduce, remember, and celebrate their voices, lives, and work.

Please join us for readings and reminiscences of these two remarkable people, who were born into a love of literature and poetry, created it anew during their own lives, and, through their legacy, continue to cultivate it in new generations today.

In addition to the spoken program, the evening will include an exhibit of photographs, books, and ephemera, along with celebratory refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. (Remember, no Salon that night.)

We hope to see you!


Article on Frequency in the Brown Daily Herald

Hey, we’re in the BDH! 

Yet the greatest benefit of taking a class at Frequency seems to be the opportunity to learn amongst a diverse group. Schapira explains that Frequency “will bring you into contact with people of all ages. The age thing is the main thing. My students in the class I taught last summer [ranged in age] from about 23-73. And that’s a treat. There’s a lot to mutually learn.” She also finds the groups to be “racially diverse and gender diverse.” She taught a class called “What Presses Most,” about taking your writing to the next level and found that because it was not a genre-based class. “People were there for very different reasons. Some people were there writing fiction, some people were there writing poetry, some people were there trying to write formally, and some people were writing non-fiction, so there was a really wide range of people doing different kinds of work.”

Read more here: http://post.browndailyherald.com/2014/04/16/frequency/

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: