Monday morning

Some favorite short stories (by George Saunders, Annie Proulx, Karen Russell, Kelly Link, Vladimir Nabokov, & more) to read online.

Footage of Frank O’Hara — late in his life, including painters he collaborated with, and  his cat.

“Risk keeps a writing project and also the writer vulnerable, open, off-guard, constantly changing, new, intoxicated, deeply immersed, in the midst of great adventure and also a great mystery.  Writing then becomes a window into things otherwise off-limits: ultimate freedom and ultimate possibility.”  Carole Maso, in an interview.

Photography as memory.

“At its core, writing is about cutting beneath every social expectation to get to the voice you have when no one is listening.”              –Voices Inside Their Heads, an essay by Pico Iyer

“Nothing for the magician is accidental / All that could possibly happen to the magical prop is intrinsic to it” -lines from Lyn Hejinian’s poem-essay “Happily,” which she introduces with a short essay here, and which can be downloaded here.


Thanks to a generous donor, Frequency can offer four $50 scholarships for Archaeology of the Actual: a creative nonfiction studio with Mary Cappello on Saturday, April 27th. It promises to be a day of writing. Scholarships will go to the first four who specify on their registration form that they’d like a scholarship.

Monday morning

An interview with Mark Doty about his book Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, the marriage and divorce of poetry and painting, vanity, Frank Bidart, reality and its representation, the pleasures of quiddity, ekphrasis….

Tin House seeks submissions on the theme of WILD. Deadline is April 15.

Rap Genius — listen to songs, read their lyrics, and click the lines that interest you for pop-up explanations. “Our aim is not to translate rap into “nerdspeak”, but rather to critique rap as poetry.”

Mark McMorris will read poetry this Thursday, 2:30pm, at Brown. 

We’ve done some spring cleaning, making space for new courses. Have a look!


the origin of the word “ampersand”.

Monday morning

and here are some links for you —

Rhode Islander Annie Keithline has been walking across the U.S. for the past year, and she has no goal of stopping soon. She’s also been keeping a wonderful blog of her travels. Her trip objectives could give you some energy this morning.

NPR’s Three Minute Fiction contest

Via Miel, a list of journals currently open to submissions.

Many poems to read in the Boston Review’s online poetry section.

“To misuse language is to use it the way politicians and advertisers do, for profit, without taking responsibility for what the words mean. Language used as a means to get power or make money goes wrong: it lies. Language used as an end in itself, to sing a poem or tell a story, goes right, goes towards the truth.” -from Ursula Le Guin’s “A few words to a young writer.” Le Guin keeps her collection of writings about writing on her website.

Thanks to all who came to Frequency’s open mic last night! The next one will be even more historic.

Monday morning

If, for instance, you find yourself wanting to know the most often repeated phrases in Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons, then you’ll want to know about Textalyser.

An article on the polyphonic novel, “a hybrid of the short story and traditional novel”.

Course syllabi by famous authors.

And a more in-depth look at one syllabus for a class taught by David Foster Wallace.

Submitting your writing to literary magazines? Some hows and whys, including a rejection letter received by Gertrude Stein, here.

Meanwhile in Providence: Playwright Casey Llewellyn will be living in the Black Box at 95 Empire for the next few weeks. She’ll be writing, exercising, rehearsing, and making new work with other local artists. More information here if you’d like to see what she’s up to.

Monday morning

and here’s a list of links:

Mark Baumer, a writer in Providence, has written 50 novels in the past year.

&Now, “a biennial traveling festival/conference that celebrates writing as a contemporary art form”, is seeking proposals for its 2013 festival.

Have we told you about poet CAConrad’s somatic poetry exercises?

Providence Poetry Slam and the Columbus Cooperative present an evening of poetry with Buddy Wakefield and special guests from Providence Laura Brown-Lavoie (2011 Providence Grand Slam Champion) and
Eamon Mahoney. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Columbus! More info here (scroll down).

4,596 — the number of current fiction, non-fiction, and poetry markets listed by Duotrope, a subscription-based service that lets writers manage their submissions.

Robert Montgomery makes poems on billboards, fire, and using recycled light.