Monday morning

Here’s a list of links!

Check out a human book through the Human Library of Rhode Island.

The Night Writer by Jonathan Baumbach is one post in a series on anxiety, stress, writing, and sleep.

Take Five: an exercise in documenting art, culture, life by Mary-Kim Arnold.

Why I Edit: A Love Story” by Patty Paine, an editor of diode.

If you’re looking to follow the blog of a writer with seemingly limitless energy for encouraging other writers, check out Matt Bell’s blog.

And when you’re feeling like writing and winter combine to make you the loneliest person in the world, read about the loneliest job in the world.

Four Amazing Mini-Libraries That Will Inspire You to Read.

Move Around,” an essay by Casey Plett.

Calling All Writers and Artists!

2014 RISCA grant applications are now open!


Rhode Island artists who have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner are encouraged to apply for a RISCA Fellowship award.

The April 1 deadline is for artists working in the disciplines of: Crafts, Fiction, Photography, Play/Screenwriting,  Film & Video, Poetry, Three Dimensional Art

Find out more information here

Why not give it a shot!  Frequency believes in you.



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!



Beat The Winter Blues!


Have you been hibernating?
Shake things up this Thursday night and support the arts by
attending The Sweet Little Variety Show at The Roots Cafe!

Frequency poet and intern Kat Murphy will be reading poems
amidst a grab bag of talent and fun including live music,
comedy, and a few surprises!

For more info about the event check out their Facebook page!

Speaking of facebook, let’s hear it for Amish Trivedi, Frequency’s very own facebook wizard.
Check us out here!

“Writing With, From, and For Others” by Maggie Nelson

As writers, we rely on others for material, filling our pages with what others have said, done, believed. In an essay, “Writing With, From, and For Others,” author Maggie Nelson thinks about self-reliance, interdependence, and how writers lean against others. Here’s how the essay begins:

For a long time, I worried there was something wrong with me as a writer, because I leaned so heavily on the thinking and writing of others. And further, that instead of wanting to hide that leaning, my impulse has often been to showcase it, to make this thinking-with-others, this weaving of mine and others’ words, part of the texture of my writing.

The flip side of this “leaning against” has been well put by Emerson, that sage of self-reliance, who famously said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” This is also good advice. “Leaning against” can’t be an excuse that saves one from doing the real thinking and writing. I still struggle with this balance. I’m not saying I always get it right. What I’m saying is that it can be a worthwhile and generative place in which to experiment, stumble around, live, and create.

Read more of Nelson’s essay here.

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!

Literary Death Match

You guys may have heard of Literary Death Match. If you’re smelling blood every time you open a copy of The Round, that’s just because LDM is coming to Providence– in less than a week!

As is tradition in LDM, each writer competes on behalf of a literary entity, and Darcie Dennigan is competing on behalf of FREQUENCY. If you want to hear the awesomeness of the other competitors (including MARVELOUS poet/reader Mairead Byrne) and cheer on Darcie, who will be nauseous with fear until well after the event but promises to pretend she’s not, we’d be so happy to see you there!

October 16, 2012

Rhode Island, here we come! An event nearly seven years in the make, Literary Death Match descends on The Creative Capital (and more specifically Empire Black Box) to make Providence our 46th city with a whimsy-filled night of literature, libation and laughs. Not to be missed!

The night’s brilliant foursome of authors — who will read their own work for seven minutes or less — includesPerformance Thanatology founding director Ric Royer (author of Anthesteria), Big Other managing editor John Madera, Poets Out Loud prize winner Darcie Dennigan (author of Madame X (2012) and Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse (2008) and Irish poetess Mairéad Byrne!

They’ll do their best before a trio of all-star arbiters, including the fantastic screenwriter Joe Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me), Boston-based stand-up comedian Gary Petersen, and poet Gillian Kiley (author of Keyhole 6)!

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Kirsten Sims.

Where: Empire Black Box, 95 Empire Street, Providence (map)

Less is More: Letting the Poem Come to the Fore

This fall, Tina Cane will be teaching Less is More: Letting the Poem Come to the Fore. We asked Tina to share with us some of her writing background and how she plans to approach the class. Here’s what she has to say:

The governing idea for Less is More grew from my interest in the distillation process in writing. Like many writers, I grapple with reining in a piece without constraining it, with the idea of the poem I am writing versus the actual poem I am writing. I know there are many writers out there who, like me, wish to do more of less in their writing and to greater effect. Doing this alongside others will, I think, be instructive and galvanizing.

In contrast to some poets writing today, I have not taken part in many workshops. I attended a five-day institute years ago and took a short-story writing class, as an undergraduate. Most of my writing life has been a very solitary endeavor and any formation as a writer really came from reading (and walking) over the years. I have the impression that I am always still forming, certainly still–hopefully always–learning.

I would love to have met Walt Whitman–on a train, say. He and Hart Crane were the first poets I remember being made aware of. My dad loved Whitman and since my dad was the kind of person who spoke about Whitman as if he knew him, I have always felt a little like I could have. That’s what it can be like to read a poet’s work you love. I don’t know if I have a single favorite poet, but I pick up Whitman, perhaps, the most. And Lisa Jarnot.

Writers taking Tina’s course will look at the minimal poems of Aram Saroyam, the Japanese form haiku, the work of Black Mountain poet Gary Snyder, Robert Creeley, Lorine Niedecker and others. (Robert Creeley–did you know he used to write in Providence–on Arnold Street? Check out this interesting interview with him.)