Board of Directors
Board Chair Rekha Rosha‘s work on the intersections of fiction and finance has appeared in anthologies published by Palgrave Macmillan and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She has taught courses on American literature and composition at Boston University, Wake Forest University, and at Brandeis University, where she received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature. Her favorite moments in the classroom were teaching “When Zombies Attack!”–a composition course that explored questions only the undead can raise about consciousness and identity. She is currently writing an early American noir novel about the violence of colonization in 1630 Boston. She lives in beautiful Pawtuxet Village.
Raz Cunningham is a director and co-founder of LittleFire, a Content and Production Company. In 2017, he co-created the LEGO Group YouTube series “REBRICKULOUS”, where he also served as Producer and Director. Additional commercial clients consist of CVS, AOL & BOSE. He began his career at NBC’s “LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN”. He has Produced and Production Managed more than 20 features. Most recently, he produced the regional Emmy Winning PBS Mystery-Comedy series “THE COBBLESTONE CORRIDOR. ”
Chris Dickson is an educator and advisor with College Unbound in Providence, RI. He holds a Masters in Divinity and is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at UMass Boston. Chris is passionate about University-Community Engagement, Prison Education, and the role of storytelling to transcend boundaries and change the world. Chris teaches courses on Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice, Conflict Transformation, & Community Development. On his free time he is currently reading through the works of Hannah Arendt, practicing photography, and playing tennis. Board Officer: Karen Haskell has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook Sixty Years was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has been included in anthologies, RI Parent Magazine, and she was a member of the Listen to Your Mother Providence cast. Karen has over 12 years of experience as an administrator in non-profit adult education and as a teacher in higher education. She has also been a Frequency volunteer and student.
Kristen Falso-Capaldi is the recipient of a 2018 Assets for Artists grant in creative writing. Her writing has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Volume 1 Brooklyn, Joyland and on The Other Stories Podcast, and her short play, Threshold, debuted at the 2016 ten-minute play festival the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre.
Karen Haskell has an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook Sixty Years was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has been included in anthologies, RI Parent Magazine, and she was a member of the Listen to Your Mother Providence cast. Karen has over 12 years of experience as an administrator in non-profit adult education and as a teacher in higher education. She has also been a Frequency volunteer and student.
Elisabeth K. Hubbard is a civil rights attorney by trade, but hangs out with writers because she thinks they are really cool. She became involved with Frequency several years ago when some of these friends suggested she take a class. She soon found herself not just welcome into the Frequency community, but on the board where she hopes to use her legal powers for good.
When she is not lawyering or non-profiteering she is knitting sweaters for her wiener dog.
Dennise M. Kowalczyk relocated to Providence from Portland, Oregon this past summer. She has dedicated the past couple of decades to serving various non-profits as both a professional fundraiser and a communications manager. Her background includes working at various non-commercial radio stations in a volunteer capacity and later, as an employee. Currently, she
telecommutes for Kinship House, an outpatient mental health care agency for foster and adoptive children as the Development & Communications Director. She also volunteers extensively in her free time (which she has a lot more of these days since her darling daughter, Lila, is attending a school in New York). Locally, she spends a few hours a month helping out at The Public’s Radio, Trinity Rep, and The Lippitt House. She hosts a casual monthly dining meet up called Dames Who Dine PVD. She writes a blog called Direct Living which shares stories about risk taking, self-care, and living as directly as you can. She is also launching a brand new podcast called Artclectic New England that will debut in April. It will feature arts, culture, and lifestyle found in Providence and the region and is produced using the studio at What Cheer Writer’s Club, where she is a member.
Rosalynde Vas Dias‘ poetry has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, West Branch, The Pinch, Laurel Review, The Collagist, The Four Way Review and elsewhere. She has done bookkeeping for Frequency since late 2014 and served on the Frequency board since 2015. Her first book, Only Blue Body, won the 2011 Robert Dana Award offered by Anhinga Press. She loves to teach and take Frequency classes.
Danielle Stockley is a former editor at Penguin Random House who has worked with numerous award-winning and national bestselling authors, including Caitlín R. Kiernan and Christina Henry. A Rhode Island native, she recently returned to the state with her husband, two cats, and tiny dog named Pip. She holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons University.
Kristin Vegh is an admin by day, and a poet by night. She workshopped with Major Jackson as an Ocean State Writing Conference scholarship recipient. Her work has appeared in Farrago Quarterly, and has served as choral text for award-winning composer Jake Gunnar Walsh. She holds a BA in English and writing.
Darcie Dennigan is one of the founders of Frequency. From 2011 until January 2016, Darcie led Frequency with a vision that has made it what it is today. She is the author of Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse, Madame X, and The Dept. of Ephebic Dreamery. She is currently a poet in residence at the University of Connecticut, and has taught writing at Brown Continuing Studies, Holy Cross, and elsewhere.
Elizabeth Howort founded Frequency with Darcie Dennigan in 2011. She has taught poetry at the fifth grade, high school and college level. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in L Magazine,The Round, Storyscape, THUNDERCLAP! Magazine, Transportal, and the Best American Poetry blog. She has taught writing for URI, Roger Williams University, and as a poet-in-residence for Writers in the Schools Rhode Island.
S. Tourjee has been a director and teacher with Frequency since 2013. They are the author of the Ghost and When Tongue Was Muscle, both published by Anomalous Press, and a recently completed manuscript titled Sam Says, Sam. They write in a hybrid form of prose and poetry and collaborates frequently with many different artists. In 2014, Ghost was adapted for ballet by the Berkshire Choreography Project. They hold an MFA from Brown University, and were a 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park. Their work can be found online at stourjee.com.
Evelyn Hampton served as a director and teacher for Frequency. She is the author of Discomfort (a book of stories) and We Were Eternal and Gigantic (a chapbook of stories and poems). In October 2015, Alice Blue Books released Seven Touches of Music, and in May 2016, Meekling Press will release another chapbook, The Academy, as part of their Chill Horizon series. Evelyn lives in Oregon.
MacKenzie Abernethy trumpets reading and writing as collaborative. They write Social Studies textbooks with the Choices Program, and curriculum for Inventing Heron. In their past teaching experience—across ages 6-60—MacKenzie integrates language, the arts, and International relations for a greater understanding of communities. As an AS220 resident, they write and perform interactively at Jala Yoga and Art Studio, Fort Foreclosure, and Luna Loba.
Katie Brunero previously served as Managing Director. She has been published in journals such as CactusHeart, BlazeVox, Belleville Parks Pages, Bangalore Review, Black Heart Magazine, Interrobang, Catacomb and others. She received her masters in english with a focus in fiction.
Lili DeSisto was an inaugural member of our board of directors. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2007 where she received her BA in theatre. While at Barnard, Lili was involved in all areas of the theatre—as an actor, director, set and costume designer, lightboard operator—before settling on playwriting as her focus. In 2005, a play she co-wrote with some fellow Barnard students entitled What You Need was selected as an invited production at the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Lili also worked for several years in book publishing–both children’s and adult nonfiction. A Rhode Island native and resident, Lili feels a strong commitment as both a writer and arts advocate to support and enrich the state’s writing community.
Janaya Kizzie writes horror stories and an occasional prose-style sonnet. Providence inspires her often, and her career as an archivist often informs the historical elements in her creative work. She is particularly interested in genre fiction (especially historical fiction, horror and sci fi), interstitial fiction, small-batch self-publishing, and the places where writing meets other things, like visual art, music and film. Janaya served as interim co-director in 2016.
Jenna LeGault is a humanist with broad interests in things collaborative and creative. She specializes in fostering meaningful engagements between diverse publics and the humanities. Her BA in women’s studies and French (Tulane) led her to an MA in comparative literature/in French (Carleton) where she focused her research on the frequency and presence of narratorial interventions in private writing. Since moving to Providence in 2006, she has been working as an arts administrator, creative project manager, and recently, as a research administrator. She owns Ada Books with her husband. She reads for entertainment and edification. She plays an instrument.
Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and book artist. She holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University, and an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. Her book Featherbone (Ricochet Editions, 2015) won a 2016 Hoffer First Horizons Award. Her translation of the Argentine graphic novel The Eternaut by H.G. Oesterheld and F. Solano Lopez (Fantagraphics, 2015) won a 2016 Eisner Award. She is the editor in chief of Drunken Boat, and the founding editor of Anomalous Press. Puerto Rican by descent, she was born and raised in Boston, and now lives between Providence, RI and
San Francisco, CA with three cats, one husband, and a growing collection of imaginary beings. You can find her online at http://www.acyborgkitty.com.
Renee Soto served as a director and teacher for Frequency. Her professional life has been dedicated to literary culture, specifically as a poet, an editor, an educator, and a community-arts activist. Her poetry and reviews have appeared in literary magazines including Crab Orchard Review, The Greensboro Review, The Indiana Review, and storySouth. She has served as poetry editor at The Greensboro Review, managing editor at Southern Poetry Review, founding editor at roger, an art & literary magazine, and is a contributing editor to Cave Wall. She taught high school English in Virginia for 15 years, and has taught at the university level at UNC-Greensboro, Armstrong Atlantic State (Savannah, GA), and is an associate professor in the BFA program at Roger Williams University. In the town of Bristol where she lives, she co-founded BADG (Byfield Arts & Design Group), a group of artists and designers occupying town-leased space in an historic school, and she works with the Community String Project on planning their annual spring gala, Spring into Strings. She has served on the panel of the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship Awards committee that determines the awarding of state fellowships in poetry.
Maryann Ullmann teaches adult ESOL at English for Action in Olneyville, as well as history, civics, and Spanish at School One. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh with emphases on Fiction and Pedagogy, and earned the program’s top fellowship for commitment to community leadership. She has taught creative writing in numerous community spaces including county jails, cultural centers, and afterschool programs for youth. She has published stories, essays, articles and poems in publications such as Permafrost, Literary Bohemian, Prime Number and Whole Terrain, among others. She is bilingual in English and Spanish, and has worked with English language learners from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She’s fond of blurring the boundaries of genre, mixing realism and fabulism, and encouraging voices that the world needs more of.