Poetry Processing Politics

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“In solidarity with the movements to address racial injustices related to police brutality, including the killing of Michael Brown, poets have been reading poems online under the hashtag #BlackPoetsSpeakOut.
[Related:  A few notes on #BlackPoetsSpeakOut]
The project came about from a brainstorming session between Amanda Johnston, Mahogany “Mo” Browne, Jonterri Gadson, Jericho Brown, Sherina Rodriguez, & Maya Washington on a Cave Canem Facebook group. Together, they developed a posting strategy.
The readings open with the statement ‘I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry.'”
What follows is a link to some of the pieces:


Frequency is Hosting a Fiction Craft Session!

It’s Time To Write


Making Fiction: a craft studio

This class will explore nontraditional approaches to writing fiction. During the first part of the day, we will discuss craft through the work of writers including John Cage, WG Sebald, and Matthew Goulish. We will also examine some unusual journals, such as one documenting, with illustrations, the writer’s favorite kinds of light. We will look to other forms–such as the lecture, the catalog, the formula, the homage–and practice turning these forms into containers for fiction. Before taking a short break for lunch, we will watch several brief videos by physicist Richard Feynman illustrating the importance of curiosity and investigation to any creative endeavor. During the second part of the day, we will generate new writing through several short writing exercises. Besides creating new work, one of the goals of this studio is to emphasize that fiction can take an endless variety of forms.

This one-day studio is geared towards drafting new work and finding new ways to approach your craft. The pieces you’ll be drafting will be about, or inspired by, readings and prompts the instructor will share.
Instructor: Evelyn Hampton
Dec. 6, 10:30am-2:30pm
Location: 186 Carpenter Street Providence RI 02903
$25-$50, sliding scale

Sign up at: Making Fiction


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!

April 25–Stephanie Wortman reads

Stephanie Wortman will be reading at Books on the Square on Friday, April 25 at 7:00pm. She’ll be reading poems from her first and newly released book, In the Permanent Collection, which was selected for the Vassar Miller Prize. Stephanie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rhode Island College.

The Last Couscous Evah

Whether you’re a writer wanting to try out new stuff, a performance poetry aficionado, a literary groupie, or just a person looking for free & good entertainment, you’d going to wanna be at this event on TUESDAY NIGHT, 5/28, from 9:30 – 11:00 pm (yes, that’s way past Frequency’s bedtime too, but people– exceptions must be made), at AS220, 115 Empire Street, Prov.

tumblr_inline_mn5h6pbOMl1qz4rgpThe celestial pearl of RI poetry, Mairead Byrne, is hosting her last Couscous reading ever.

Mairead’s emceeing alone is worth seeing, but she’s got a great line-up of short readings/performances by people like the inscrutable Mark Baumer, the strangely funny Ric Royer, and Frequency’s own Tina Cane.tumblr_inline_mn2ehoeOGO1qz4rgp

ric royerAnd, there’s an open mic that starts at 10pm. You can read short stories, plays, strange rants, poems, etc. Let’s all go & read something at it. Come on.


Hot off the press!

H_NGM_N, a magazine of poetry & poetics has a brand-new issue out and for many reasons, it’s close to our Frequency hearts.

First, Frequencier Andy Axel has part of his awesome “Futuroscope” series in it:

Second, H_NGM_N’s founder & editor Nate Pritts, who is also a fabulous poet, has agreed to teach a one-day workshop on publishing for us.
**Should you publish your work? Where should you publish your work? How do poets the world over deal with rejection?** These are issues Nate will cover in the class!  WRITING CLASS RI

Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts

Monday morning list



These photos of Detroit capture scenes worth writing about.

Photos of sheds where some famous writers did their tinkering.

The art of the lecture in “Is the Lecture Dead?

The Business of Tracking Lit Mag Submissions

On Impermanence and Guarantees“, an essay by Lily Hoang

Writing is Live, a festival of new plays” happening now in Providence!

Next Saturday, the Publicly Complex reading series hosts poets Rachel Levitsky and Michael Tod Edgerton at Ada Books.

“I am currently 14 hrs 04 mins 25 secs of light-travel time from Earth.” –NASAVoyager2’s Twitter feed

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!