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.

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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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A Poem Gift For You

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“Skin” by Susan Dickman

And what are they to do with pieces of it that lie in the grass / or waft down afterwards, floating through the atmosphere

like feathers from a featherbed in the tale about the girl / who disappears down a well and returns

in a shower of gold? What to do / with all the minute pieces, the shreds?

The air at times turns violet, the sun neglects / to warm the grainy strip of sand we lie on

waiting to be touched and transformed. And the body / falls apart like hair unloosed, returns element to element,

distills itself. We are only bone and water after all. / Skin covers the gray-tinged grass like the oldest balm

to heal sickness. The air corrupts, dries it, / breaks it down into its former life of cells

to join the inert world of soil and leaf. / They say Da Vinci’s molecules

still orbit the globe, that the air he breathed, / we breathe today. So that when blood is spilled /

when skin rains down on this dry earth, perhaps / somehow, the earth remembers.

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Pause to Process Before Putting to Page

Certain thoughts demands immediate, spontaneous expression, others unfurl so slowly no single point of creation is detectable.  Writing is like this; some inpirations require a long, hot soak.

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“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” Sylvia Plath

Check It Out!

There are six reasons why you should come to Ada Books at 6pm on Saturday, December 6: Mark Baumer, John Cayley, Evelyn Hampton, Joanna Howard, Amy Pickworth, and Sarah Tourjee will each be reading from their writing to celebrate the release of books by two Providence-related writers, Amy Pickworth (Bigfoot for Women) and Evelyn Hampton (Discomfort). That’s 6 readers on December 6 at 6pm! Plus Bigfoot for Women and Discomfort! Go beasts! Ada Books is located at 717 Westminster St., Providence. We hope you can join us! (Snacks yes!) REading Marked by the Beast