CITY & SEA: A Frequency Anthology

City & Sea event flyer


It’s finally here! Frequency’s newest anthology, City & Sea, is a book of over 40 writers from the greater RI community. The words in these pages imagine the histories, presents, and futures of our seas and cities, often finding inspiration right here in the landscapes of the ocean state. Join us in celebrating the authors, and pick up a copy of the book.

City & Sea Book Release 
Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Aurora Providence
276 Westminster Street
Providence RI 02903

Entry to this event is free with donations gratefully accepted. We look forward to celebrating with you!
All ages welcome.
Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Featuring soundscapes by Emily Dix Thomas
Readings by Frequency authors
Rachel Hughes
William Keller
Kate Schapira
Laura Brown-Lavoie
and Tina Cane, RI Poet Laureate

City & Sea is published by Drunken Boat.

Support Frequency in National Poetry Month!

April is National Poetry Month! It’s also a time when the future of arts funding is uncertain in the United States. Rest assured the arts will continue, artists will be impassioned as they always have, organizations like Frequency will, with determination, continue to bring creativity to our communities. BUT we need your support! This April, national poetry month, make a donation to Frequency in any amount. Here’s what your contribution can make possible:

  • $250 will give someone a full need-based scholarship for one of our six week classes (we also give partial scholarships starting at $50).
  • $125 will give tuition support to our new Creative Writing ESOL class
  • $75 will give tuition support for a teenage writer in our annual youth class
  • $50 will help us print a dozen copies of our new anthology, City & Sea
  • $25 will give food and beverages for a Frequency open house
Thank you for supporting Frequency!

Donations can also be made by check, payable to:
Frequency Writers
186 Carpenter Street
Providence RI 02903

Your tax-deductible donation, big or small, will help us in our mission to connect writers to a supportive community, create a space for writers to experiment with their art that is outside of the marketplace, and offer readings and events that enrich the culture of our region. The “donate” button will direct you to our PayPal site.

Writing and Readings 3/27-4/9

Just a few of the writing and reading events coming up in Providence.

Poets Resist
Tuesday, March 27
7PM at Ada Books

Everyday Writing
Readings by writers in the class Everyday Writing
Instructor: S. Tourjee
Sunday, April 2
4:15PM at 186 Carpenter Street

Writing Sounds Lounge
with Francesca Caruso
Sunday, April 9
10:30AM at 186 Carpenter Street
suggested donation $5-10

Poet as Witness to History Reading
Readings by writers in the class Poet as Witness to History
Instructor: Tina Cane
Sunday, April 9
5PM at 186 Carpenter Street

Announcing Writing Sounds Lounge!

16586880_1349540391756407_4373057322609616029_oSunday, March 12, 2017, 10:30AM, 186 Carpenter Street
with Sakiko Mori
$5-10 suggested donation

Multi-instrumentalist Sakiko Mori grew up in Japan and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2004. She has collaborated with a wide array of musicians and groups in performance, recordings, films, animations, dance, and theatre. Sakiko currently lives in Providence, RI.


What is it?
Writing Sounds Lounge is a monthly drop-in program that invites attendees to write while listening. Guest musicians from the Providence community will perform while attendees are invited (but certainly not required) to write to specified prompts given by Frequency leaders.

Who can attend?
ANYONE. This is a community event. You do not need music or writing experience to attend. There is a small suggested donation to support the musician and the program, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

What will happen?
You will make yourself comfortable in the Carpenter Street gallery. You may choose to drink some coffee or tea. Relax, listen, and write as you are inspired to do so. You will not be asked to share your writing with anyone. After the musician finishes playing (after about 45 minutes), you can leave or choose to stay and discuss your experiences with the musician and each other.

Bring your preferred writing materials. You may also want to bring a yoga mat or blanket to make yourself comfortable on the floor of the gallery. Chairs will also be available.

Frequency looks for ways to bridge writing with other art forms. The Rhode Island arts community is vast and we hope that this program will bring together writers, musicians, music lovers, writers-to-be, and anyone looking to enrich their Sunday mornings among friends.

Conversing with Chris: The Long Poem, an Upcoming Workshop

The Long Poem is a six week workshop starting Thursday, March 30, open to all writing levels and backgrounds. We’ve interviewed instructor Christopher Kondrich about what to expect in class. To view complete course information, and to register, click here.

“For me, this is what poetry is all about—discovering not what we have already done, but what we haven’t thought that we might be able to do.” – Christopher Kondrich

fw-chrisHow might beginner writers, or people new to writing poetry, benefit from the Long Poem workshop? 

It’s a class for anyone, at any level, interested in generating new work (or working on something in-progress) a bit differently. This is to say that I think we move too quickly through our writing lives, at a speed that mirrors the speed through which we move through our days and weeks. We want to finish poem after poem fast! Slowing the process down a bit, spending more time on an individual piece as it evolves and flourishes—these are ways that could lead us in unexpected, surprising directions, that could open new pathways and avenues for us creatively. For me, this is what poetry is all about—discovering not what we have already done, but what we haven’t thought that we might be able to do.

What most excites you about the class?

I’m excited to explore the long poems from contemporary poets that I’ll be sharing, but I’m more excited to explore/discuss/workshop the long poems that the class will be starting or continuing. Because the long poem allows for such variety and possibility, I’m particularly excited to see what folks are up to, how they interpret and invoke the form of the long poem. I’m eager to work with those who take the class to explore what else a long poem can be, what lyric or narrative, prose or hybrid work they can create.

How can long poems, as you’ve said, “bend and stretch language, expression and expectation,” and how can this be rewarding and surprising to readers and writers? How will this be explored in class?

Well, when I think about a beautiful, incredible poem like “Song” by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, I think about how short a long poem can be (it’s a page and a half). I think about how many times that poem surprises me, how many times she could have stopped, but the poem keeps going, breaking my heart more and more, into smaller and smaller pieces.

I also think about Timothy Donnelly’s “Hymn to Life,” which eulogizes, with a breathtaking number of stanzas, the endangered species we are on the cusp of losing forever, all intermixed with pop culture references that feel deeply personal and resonant to him. So, to me, “Hymn to Life” represents a memorialization of the loss of species and the memorialization of memory itself, as it churns and fuses the species/pop culture references with line breaks, to name one craft element it utilizes to this effect.

There will be exercises stemming from these, as well as all the other poems we’ll explore together, that will challenge writers to incorporate these strategies (the short long poem, the fusion of disparate elements) into their own work.

What led you to choose the particular poets that this course will explore? 

It dawned on me, when I was brainstorming ideas for a Frequency class, that almost all the poems that stood out to me from the last couple of decades are long or sequential. So, it was a no-brainer to group Kelly and Donnelly with Jorie Graham, Lisa Robertson, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri and Alice Notley. These are some of the most awe-inspiring and vital poets of our time! Each one is so different and vibrant—those who take the class will see from them just how rewarding writing long poems can be.