Poetry Anthology Launch

Join a group of talented, empathetic RI poets as they celebrate the launch of their new poetry anthology: 

HOPE STREET: Nine New England Poets On Love and Loss

Reading and Reception with Open Mic
Sunday, September 21, at 3PM

Photo from: http://www.artnindia.com/shop/common-swali-indian-bird-painting-handpainted-ethnic-folk-ornithology-paper-art/

Symposium Books, East Greenwich

Meet and Greet Frequency’s Fall Teachers

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Join us for a chance to meet Frequency’s talented writers: Kate Colby, Kate Schapira, V.H. Wildman, and Darcie Dennigan. These writers will give short readings and talk about their upcoming fall courses. This event runs from 3-5pm September 14th at 186 Carpenter Street. There will be refreshments and a chance to mingle. There is no charge and writers of all levels and interests are welcome!

Friday night. It’s either date night or laundry night, but on the 26th, it could be poetry night.

RI poet Dave O’Connell won the Philbrick Poetry Award!

Come out and support him at his reading on Friday, April 26th at the Providence Athenaeum, 7 p.m. http://www.providenceathenaeum.org/philbrickaward/philbrickaward.html
If you are unable to attend, the chapbook will be on sale on the Athenaeum’s site. Go, Dave!

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.

Anna Solomon, Frequency instructor & RISCA Fellowship award winner, to read on Feb. 28

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Presents Readings by Fellowship Award Winning Writers and a Demonstration by a Master Folk Arts Fellow

Jamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley St, Jamestown, RI


Thursday, February 28th, 6:30-8:30pm

Opening Remarks by Rick Benjamin, State Poet of Rhode Island

Readings by:

Playwriting Fellowship Merit Award Winner Leigh Medeiros

Fiction Fellowship Merit Award Winner Anna Solomon

Poetry Fellowship Merit Award Winner David O’Connell

Fiction Fellowship Award Winner Edward Delaney

And a demonstration of traditional Irish Step Dance by Kevin Doyle    

The RISCA Fellowship Exhibition is an annual event that showcases the work of Rhode Island artists who have been awarded by the state for artistic excellence in their discipline.  Fellowship Winners receive a $5000 award and Fellowship Merit Award Winners receive a $1000 award.  Artwork by each visual artist is presented in the Fellowship Exhibition, on view during the Writers Night.  The Fellowship Exhibition concludes with an artist’s talk on Saturday, March 9th from 1-4pm.   

For more info call RISCA at 222-3881 or email cristina.dichiera@arts.ri.gov

 Free and open to the public

Refreshments will be served 

A Publicly Complex Reading!

BRR it’s cold!


Why not gather at ADA Books for the year’s first Publicly Complex reading and warm up with some poetry!

Saturday, February 9th, at 6 pm
717 Westminster St., Providence

Reading that night:
Michael Tod Edgerton  author of Vitreous Hide( Lavender Ink), check out more of his projects here!
Rachel Levitksy author of The Story of My Accident is Ours, Under The Sun (Futurepoem, 2003) and NEIGHBOR ( Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009)

Come and  listen to excellent work

See you there!



Calling all wild ones

Wasn’t Ted Hughes known as “the wild poet”? Certainly his hair is just what our mind might conjure at the term…

But we’re gearing up for a different kind of wildness in January. It’s the Poetry & the Wilderness/Wildness 6-week workshop, and we’re welcoming people with ALL KINDS OF HAIR. AND NO HAIR.

We prefer to think of Thoreau’s internal howling wilderness, which “does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.”

Come join us for six weeks of writing guided by the wonderful teacher Anna Catone and her pantheon of wild and wilderly poets:

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9pm from Jan. 23 to Feb. 27 (6 weeks)
Location: Ada Books 

More info.

We’ve had poet, teacher, and editor Anna Catone lead a few Frequency studios in the past– 

and we always leave with armfuls of poem-drafts and great readings.

We asked Anna, “So why do you want to lead a poetry-writing workshop built around the idea of wilderness/wildness?”

She replied with a quote from John Hay:
“What is it that we’re missing? I think we have an essential wildness in us that is too often stifled. That wildness builds up in us and becomes dark because we ignore it–when we go into nature, we are looking for a release, a dialogue….We are searching for a match for that wildness inside us in the wild land… And in the wild sea, of course.”

-From David Gessner’s book about Hay, The Prophet of Dry Hill: Lessons From a Life in Nature

All are welcome in this workshop—the greenhorn and the weathered woodsmen, the outdoorsy and the city dweller alike!

In Providence….

In our last post we mentioned that poet Robert Creeley, who will be making an appearance in the fall poetry course, Less is More, once wrote on Arnold Street. In the same spirit, here’s an excerpt from Providence-based writer Rosmarie Waldrop’s Lawn of Excluded Middle. Writers in the Hybrid Writing course will be reading more of Waldrop’s work.

In Providence, you can encounter extinct species, an equestrian statue, say, left hoof raised in progress toward the memory of tourists. Caught in its career of immobility, but with surface intact, waiting to prove that it can resist the attack of eyes even though dampened by real weather, even though historical atmosphere is mixed with exhaust like etymology with the use of a word or bone with sentence structure. No wonder we find it difficult to know our way about and tend to stay indoors.

Time & Materials

Robert Hass’ book Time and Materials is, according to Slate, “a book about hitting the cold water of late middle age, but the story it tells is not so much of decline as of reinvention.” Want to spend four weeks delving into Hass’ book and writing poems with a supportive, responsive and challenging community? Sign up for Mary Wilson’s poetry workshop today!