Roberto Bolaño Reading Group at the Athenaeum

The Providence Athenaeum will host a Roberto Bolaño reading group from Sept. 2015 – June 2016. Led by member Steve Coon, the group will read and discuss The Savage Detectives, The Romantic Dogs, and 2666, covering the renowned Chilean author’s novels, short stories, and poetry. The group will convene the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5-7 pm. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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Sign-ups & more info here: www.providenceathenaeum.org/programs/BalzacandBaudelaire.html

Proust, Joyce, Examined Life, and a general reading group will be available as well.

Ottessa Moshfegh at Ada Books!

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Ottessa Moshfegh will appear at Ada Books on September 22nd at 6 pm for a reading of her new critically acclaimed book, Eileen. Afterward, Moshfegh will sign copies of her book and offer a Q&A session.

The novel flows through the distinctive voice of Moshfegh’s narrator, “a lonely young woman working in a boys’ prison outside Boston in the early 60s.” Over the course of the story, Eileen becomes implicated in a peculiar crime.

The New York Times Sunday Review of Books writes: “Through Eileen, Moshfegh is exploring a woman’s relationship to her body: the disconnection, the cultural claims, the male prerogative. “And at the time, I didn’t believe my body was really mine to navigate. I figured that was what men were for.” As a result, physical urges, particularly desire, repulse Eileen.”

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Read Moshfegh’s interview on Electric Literature:

EL: I wonder if you remember the debate over unlikeable characters—if women are always expected to write likeable characters, and so on. Do you have some hope for how your book might engage with that debate?

OM: I hope that people might see how ridiculously sexist that is. And it’s so boring. As an artist, I say fuck that debate. Let’s be done with it. The notion of likeability is a concern that the book industry has because there are people who read to feel nothing—people who read in order to check out. They don’t want to be disturbed by the words that they’re reading. They’re scared. The moment they feel challenged, they put down the book and review it on Amazon, “I just couldn’t get into this; it was too dark.” So when you’re selling a book and you say, this might have an effect on you, it turns off cowardly readers. I’m not concerned with those readers. It’s not my job to please people who can’t tolerate anything but lukewarm baths.

Want a Reason?

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Your motivation: When you share your work, you are giving back to the community. Reading to an audience can be many things: a sacrifice, a vanity, a way to distance yourself from the suffocating intimacy of creation, an effortless performance, or an exhaustive act of will. We are social creatures, and learn by sharing. Whatever your reasons, however the act strikes you, share your art. Not everyone has a Lavinia Dickinson waiting in the eves. The world is better for your art.

Frequency OPEN MIC AND AUTHOR READING
DATE: Thursday, April 30th
TIME: 7:00-9:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street

FREE.

Who Are Your Favorites?

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Chances are at least a few of you favorite authors is translated.

So the question becomes, do you really love Jorge Louis Borges, or is it Anthony Kerrigan’s voice that moves to you? Haruki Murakami or Jay Rubin? Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Edith Grossmann?

Are you sure?
After all, translation is transformation,
One has to make decisions.

Want answers, or likeminded writers grappling with the same quandaries?

Join us in Sufficient Compensation: A one day, multi genera studio translation studio
-no experience or second language necessary- just a fascination with words.

“Nothing has moved my personal writing further than considering the kinds of decisions made by translators. Do I stay true to the style, the tone, the rhythm, the content, the humor, irony or plot? How can I capture all of these things–all of these parts of myself–and pour them into a single line?”

INSTRUCTOR: Josh Edwin
DATE: Sunday May 3, 2015
TIME: 10am-2:00pm
WHERE: 186 Carpenter Street
Register here 

Tonight! Saturday April 11th

Tonight, Saturday April 11th at 6pm at Symposium Books, in downtown Providence, is hosting a night of poetry and drumming, a reading in celebration of the music of words, the poetry of sound. Performances will explore the nature of rhythm and meter in service to the spoken and written word.
There will be work by Frequency’s Katherine Murphy, and Serena Putterman, Rebecca Willner,  Ragna Rök Jóns, Elexis Trinity and others.

” ABOUT THE READERS:
Katherine Murphy is an artist living and working in Providence. She received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her chapbook ANIMALIA PARADOX is available through Dancing Girl Press. She is the intern for Frequency Writers and a contributing member of the artist collaborative Asterism. Katherine‘s poems have appeared in Loom Journal and The Frequency Anthology. Katherine’s poetry is the stampede boom and the hum of the dust settling. For more visit
http://dogsound.wordpress.com/

Rebecca Willner is a High School English Teacher who dabbles in poetry writing and translation. Originally from New Jersey, she moved to Providence to study Latin and Ancient Greek at Brown University. Four years at Brown were just not enough, so she stuck around to complete her Master of Arts in Teaching. She now works full-time teaching in Woonsocket. She writes poetry that is fragmentary by nature, in an attempt to conceptualize other ways of crystallizing voices of women. She is working on a website (oops).

Eric Axelman is an emcee and teacher of hip hop. He’s a member of the Providence Hip Hop collective Project 401, and is currently recording his third mixtape, this one with fellow Project 401 member SydeSho. Check out Eric’s recorded material at ericaxelman.bandcamp.com .

Serena Patch Tseng Putterman is a PVD poet, farm worker, and pizza chef. cargocollective.com/srp

Ragna Rök Jóns is a transmedia writer and artist based in Providence, RI & Reykjavik, Iceland. Their nonfiction discusses the nexus of the transgender, digital and global, while their art spans performance, poetry, fiction, rap, art and fashion design.”
Elexis Trinity is a poet, musician and educator transplanted to Providence from Southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Brown University and is working on a collection of new poetry called “First Rays.” Check out her original songs onhttps://soundcloud.com/elexistrinity.”

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Sarah Gerard and Kit Schulter Reading at Ada

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Sarah Gerard, who has recently published Binary Star (at Two-Dollar Radio), will be reading from her novel at Ada Books on Friday, Feb 27th, at 7pm. She will also have books to sell and sign upon, if you are up for that.
Kit Schulter — local poet, translator, and impressario — will also be reading some words aloud.
Admission is free, and there will be snacks and drinks for the taking. Do come!