Readings with a Local Writer, Musical Accompaniment

Providence, Rhode Island offers endless opportunities for creative inspiration and to connect with other writers. 

Past Frequency instructor and renowned writer, Mary Cappello has announced dates for collaborative reading events to share some words from her new book,  Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack.

Local events will take place on Nov 1st, 6th and 12th; the event on Nov 1st involves music! Events specifics are available here:


“Mary Cappello is basically the apex for me of what genre-less (or genre-full) writing can be.” — Darcie Dennigan

Dennigan suggests all interested poets, writers, and readers attend—especially if you have enjoyed a Frequency Writers class on Meditative Art Making or The Essay as Form.

 “Each of my books is a different type of thought experiment, underscored by wonder and hopeful to contribute a parcel of strange beauty to the world.” —Mary Cappello

Cappello is a leading scholar with an impressive list of achievements, publications, and awards. She is the author of five books of literary nonfiction, including Night Bloom, Called Back: My Reply to Cancer, My Return to LifeAwkward: A Detour, and Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them.

A “Reading for Writing” Course

Victor Wildman will teach a READING for WRITING course (READING LATE JAMES: THE WINGS OF THE DOVE) from October 20th through December 1st (note: there will be no class on Thursday November 24th, for obvious reasons) and it will meet from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Community Church of Providence at 372 Wayland Avenue Providence RI 02906.  

Note from Victor: This will provide a chance to take a break from one’s own projects and to get lost in the lushly peculiar textual world of this late James novel; in the end, I think, this course will present one with a different way of thinking about one’s own approach to writing (everyone who signs up will be required to keep a reading notebook and to creatively respond to the readings throughout the course).

Cost: $250 payable with a check made out to Victor Wildman on the first day of class.

**Please note this course is not being run through Frequency. Contact for more info. 

Some love from our community…

In the spirit of “many hands,” we asked some Frequency teachers, students, and friends to tell us what Frequency means to them. Wow. What can we say except THANK YOU! And of course, the sentiment is mutual.

Feel inspired and want to share your own story? Send us an email today and we’ll add your note to this page. And, if Frequency has added something to your life, consider giving $10 today.

Last night I had this series of moments when I wanted to send an email to a handful of Frequency participants and let them know that if I didn’t know that they were out there, and if I hadn’t experienced their involvement with my work and my own involvement with their work , I honestly think that I would be quite discouraged right now. Knowing that Frequency, as a vehicle, is up and moving writers nearer and nearer to writing is a balm and a buoy that keeps my heart floating near to the surface of writing, whether I believe I am actively writing or not.      –Joanne Hart

Having just moved to Providence, Frequency was one of the first literary organizations I heard about and I’m so pleased to have connected with such a vital, serious, community-oriented group of readers and writers. The workshop I taught on the potential of radical form was well-attended by everyone from published authors and graduate students to locals who were just curious about poetry. That range of topics and the inclusivity that Frequency offers (such as a sliding scale for those who might not be able to afford the course fees) is remarkable and I’m so thrilled to play a small part in helping disseminate a love of literature in Providence.     -Ravi Shankar

Frequency is an amazing resource for local writers! The scholarship I received enabled me to take a thought-provoking and super generative class at a time when I wouldn’t have been able to afford it.  I was lucky to learn from other artists of various mediums, as well as the experienced and bad-ass instructor, Sarah! Frequency is a vital part of our community that needs be supported for years to come!      -Nada Samih-Rotondo

For me Frequency began first with a workshop with Darcie, then a workshop with Liz.  Both are  wonderful teachers who always found something positive to say about my writing. Since that beginning, I’ve taken almost every poetry workshop that I could with Frequency’s terrific and talented workshop leaders and participants.  I always felt welcomed and I produced far more writing than I ever would have done alone.       -Mike

Without Frequency, I would know maybe 1 1/2 people in Providence. What Frequency has meant to me is friends, friends who play with my kids or meet up for coffee, but friends who, while we talk about other things and do other things, know me always on some level as a writer too– which is the way I had always longed to be known. I grew up in RI, left for 15 years, came back, became part of Frequency, and finally was home.      -Darcie Dennigan

Oh wow…where to start?  Well, Frequency changed my life, starting with my first poetry class starring Darcie Dennigan, one of two women who founded Frequency. I had never really written a poem before and since that first class, I have taken over 25+ more Frequency workshops. I have published some of my poems and even got nominated for the Pushcart Prize (I had no idea what that was and wondered how they could nominate me without permission). I have won a couple of writing contests and I’ve just finished my first really “finished” manuscript. No, it hasn’t been published….yet! None of that compares to best the friendships I’ve made, the new community I’m in and the love given and taken. Frequency has filled this amazing gap I didn’t know I had. My life has become much fuller in the most beautiful way. Thank you Frequency and all your terrific teachers.     Kik

My first reading in Providence was through Frequency. I found another home. Writers need belonging. Frequency is one of this city’s gifts.     –Colin Channer

Frequency has been instrumental in a rebirth of my poet spirit. The community feeds me season upon season with its thoughtful scholar-poet teachers and omnivorous participants and fellow poet readership.    –Stephen Young

Frequency Writers has established itself as a community fixture and literary necessity 

in the Rhode Island arts scene. Whether leading a workshop or taking a workshop, 

I am always the richer for having taken part.     –Tina Cane

Frequency, and its brilliant, compassionate people, helped me discover how much I love community education, and how strongly I feel that it should be available to everyone. I discovered my love not just of writing, but also of writers, and my belief that everyone should do it; writing and art-making with others is a vital part of healthy communities. I believe this because being part of the Frequency community has made my life better, no question.                –S. Tourjee

As a kid, I’d oscillate between wanting to be “When I grow up… a writer… or… a popcorn salesman!” When I found out that the popcorn perks were all in my imagination, I became dead set on writing. In all seriousness, I’ve always felt sure of my will to write and, at the same time, an imposter.  It’s a struggle to produce work that feels significant and to find feedback for improving… Then, last year, I moved to Providence for a job writing yet still sensed the void of not exploring my creative voice.

Whatever I was searching for, Frequency has provided and surpassed. Often, the best things are the most simple and doable. Like joining people to share, investigate, grow…. There’s nothing quite like writing out loud.

MacKenzie Abernethy



Your tax-deductible donation, big or small, will help us in our mission to connect writers to a supportive community, create a space for writers to experiment with their art that is outside of the marketplace, and offer readings and events that enrich the culture of our region.

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A Note from Rosalynde

Dear Friends,

“Many hands make light work” is not an expression you’d ever apply to your writing rvd-photopractice, right?  There you sit at your desk or in a coffee shop, or in your car on your too-short lunch break.  Your hands hold the pen, open the notebook, and write the first draft.  Your hands fiddle with the re-write, type the piece up. Your hands select ‘save’ or ‘print,’ and if the piece ever goes out the door to a journal, you are the one sealing the envelope or logging in to Submittable.

Is the magic of Frequency Writers, then, in that little s at the end of writer? Frequency is made of many and is held by many.  Many hands and brains and hearts make the work of Frequency light—you have taken a Frequency course or two (or four or seven), or attended a reading, and carried away some fresh drafts, or a thought to ponder.  Perhaps you have come to sit in silence with your notebook or laptop on a Sunday morning at Carpenter Street, needing the neutral space to find your way into something hard.  In this way, perhaps Frequency has been with you in the struggles and triumphs of your writing practice, and perhaps that practice has become, momentarily, more buoyant for the community of which you are a part.

Today, in the spirit of many hands making light work, we are asking everyone in our community to contribute $10.

Ten dollars from each member of the Frequency community today means continued financial aid for students, workshops for all, and a place to write, learn, and connect.

Thank you,

Rosalynde Vas Dias
Frequency Board of Directors, Teacher, Student, and Volunteer

Your tax-deductible donation, big or small, will help us in our mission to connect writers to a supportive community, create a space for writers to experiment with their art that is outside of the marketplace, and offer readings and events that enrich the culture of our region.

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Asking Erica about the Open Poetry Workshop: Poetry for all levels

In the Open Poetry Workshop, starting Wednesday September 21, poets of all ages and experiences, styles and interests, are invited to “come together in joyful rebellion, voyage, and revolution through poetry.”

We interviewed instructor Erica Mena for more insight on what to expect:


How does an Open Poetry Workshop work?

An Open Poetry Workshop is just that: it’s open! It’s open to whatever the participants are currently working on, or to work created in response to the texts we’ll read together. It’s open to people who have never written poetry before and want to give it a try, to people who are seasoned poets, and everyone in between. Most of all, it’s open to one another as readers and writers. We’ll work on a open to possibility model, rather than a critique model, where we talk about the possibilities of the works on their own terms. 

How can poetry be a form of rebellion or contribute to a revolution? How will this be explored in class?

Making and valuing art is, I think, a pretty radical act already. Forming community around that act can create the catalyst for revolution. We will talk about what we’re writing for, and what the writers we’re reading are writing for. By focusing on what we value, what is possible, and what motivates us we can find ways to rebel in our poetry, and as a community.

How will the writing exercises in class be influences by the writers you have selected? What led you to choose these writers?

The writers we’ll read have several things in common: they are all experimenting with formal poetics in their work, and are all writing from minority subject positions as writers of color and queer writers. Our exercises will flow from looking at their ways of experimenting with language formally and explore the possibilities for expression when language itself is a mode of rebellion. 

What might students consider in preparation for this class? Is it okay if students don’t have any prior experience?

It’s absolutely great if students don’t have any prior experience! The main thing to consider in preparation for this class is that we will be trying to be open to play, experimentation, risk, failure, and fun. 

DATE: Wednesdays, Sept. 21- Oct. 12 (4 weeks)
TIME: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence RI

An interview with Adara Meyers on her upcoming workshop, Writing Between the Lines: An Introduction to Playwriting

What is a play? What does a play “look like”? Why write one? In this six-week workshop, students will explore answers to these questions through writing and collaboration.

We interviewed instructor Adara Meyers:

Who is this workshop for? Why write a play?AdaraMeyers

This workshop is for anyone who is fascinated by the merging of text, movement, and sensation. How do they work together to create fleeting-yet-unforgettable moments, collective experience, and the potential for infinite personal reverberations? Plays allow us to express the enormity and minutia of our lives, memories, dreams; they create an invisible bond of shared experience between the artists, audiences, and spaces. 

Writing a play can be a bold act of political transgression or critique. It can be a celebration, a ritual. And it can spark the desire to share divergent voices and perspectives. These are just a few reasons to write a play. In my view, the most impactful plays raise more questions than answers from a place of generosity and curiosity.

How can experimenting with Playwriting inform other forms, genres, and aspects of the creative process? 

Playwriting is so much more than the act of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. It can be seen as creating a living sculpture (performance), which then prompts us to think about what we consider proper form (and why). Can writing be a form of choreography? Can poetry be created through wood instead of traditionally “written” text? Can a dance be a “plain” walk across the street? When you begin paying close attention to people and their conscious and subconscious mannerisms—how they talk, how they move their bodies, which spaces they encounter or avoid on a day-to-day basis, what objects they come in contact with—the ways in which you can explore form and process are unlimited.

Is it okay if students don’t have any prior experience with play writing (or going)? 

Absolutely! There are no prerequisites for experiment with dialogue, mystery, atmosphere, and imagination. These are some of the main qualities of an intriguing play, and luckily, we can access them in all sorts of places in our daily lives. A renowned playwright I have long admired once told me, “Whenever I take a yoga class and they ask if anyone is new to yoga, I always want to throw up my hand. Of course, I’ve only been doing it for 15 years. Playwriting I’ve been doing longer. But I’m still a beginner. Although the longer I live, the more I become a beginner with tricks!” 

INSTRUCTOR: Adara Meyers
DATE: Thursdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 3 (6 weeks)
TIME: 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street, Providence RI
$160-$275 sliding scale
Register here.