Frequency Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Janaya bio

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 LjennaeGault 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

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.

Artistic Director

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.

jpegOperations Director

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.

Programs Coordinator 

biari teacher me teaching.jpgMacKenzie 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.


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

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.

Katie Brunero previously served as Managing Director. She has been published in journals such as CactusHeart, BlazeVoxBelleville 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.

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 ReviewThe Indiana Review, and storySouthShe 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.


5 thoughts on “Frequency Board and Staff

  1. I love that the board has no men! I love that Frequency exists! I love that I am part of Frequency! I love that I have found community in Frequency! I love that I am a poet thanks to Frequency! I love that I am a good poet thanks to me!

  2. are men then not necessarily welcome? am a writer very interestedin connecting with other writers unfortunately the cost of $300 for tomorrow is prohibitive for me any other way to connect? meet regularly? whatever
    John Franchi

  3. I love Kik and her enthusiasm! Such a joy to have in class.

    But, for sure, all perspectives are welcome and appreciated at Frequency. A community is only as good as it’s members and shared ideas. ❤

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