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December 2016
A Letter from Co-Director S. Tourjee
 
 
 
 
Dear Frequency,
 
It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of December. This year, Frequency said goodbye to old friends, hello to new friends, our leadership continues to evolve, and we are more committed than ever to offering excellent, unique, accessible writing classes for everyone in our community. Below, you will find a summary of what we accomplished together in 2016.
 
We writers don't like to talk about money, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that Frequency only exists and continues with your support. We are so grateful to you for entrusting us and each other with your writing, for volunteering, for making donations, signing up for classes, coming to events, and inviting your friends to join you.
 
You may not know that much of the work of our small, passionate staff is done unpaid. We are working toward changing that, while continuing to offer need-based scholarships, free events, and lower class fees. Any amount you donate now will go directly to 2017 staff salaries, to compensate the individuals who work so hard to build Frequency, a home to so many of us.  
 
2016 has challenged us again and again to recommit to you, our community. In the midst of so much uncertainty and division, I want to restate our dedication to cultivating safer creative spaces for all in our community. We don’t make that statement lightly, and you can read more here about how Frequency is putting this into practice. Particularly now, the need and impact of intentionally safer spaces extends beyond the work being done within a specific organization. It is our hope that those attending a Frequency class or event will take the support that they have felt—and helped to create—into other aspects of their lives when they leave. This is work that each person contributes to, benefits from, and takes with them, and therefore impacts the community at large. 
 
Writing matters, and writing communities matter.  I believe that when creativity is empowered, and when we actively empower the creativity of others, we engage with a radical human instinct—to give shape to the internal, to visualize and make physical that which does not yet exist, to witness and make tangible our own voice, and, in a community, to support others in this process.

 
With my gratitude for all that you do,
 
S. Tourjee
Co-Director, Frequency Writers

    

 2016 Year in Review

 
  • This year, we welcomed MacKenzie Abernethy as our fabulous new administrative assistant, and Erica Mena-Landry and Maryann Ullmann as our newest board members. After bidding a fond farewell and thank you to founder and director Darcie Dennigan, Janaya Kizzie stepped in as Interim Co-Director—she has made a lasting impact on Frequency both as a board member and as a director. Thank you, Janaya!
 
  • All year long, our staff and board of directors have been working tirelessly with Cause and Effect Consulting to develop a strategic plan and talk to members of our community. Huge thanks to the RI Foundation for supporting this process, and to Gayle Gifford and Alex Howard, and all who have participated!
 
  • We awarded 19 need-based scholarships in 2016, including 5 full or partial scholarships for LGBTQ and Latinx-identified individuals. We’re now accepting applications for the new Poet Laureate's Veteran Scholarship
 
  • We offered a total of 15 creative writing classes, taught by some of the best writers and teachers in Rhode Island and beyond. 10 of these classes were offered either sliding-scale or free.
 
  • In April, Frequency partnered with the Providence Athenaeum to bring together authors Colin Channer and Sean Frederick Forbes. They discussed their recent books, Providential and Providencia. Co-Director Janaya Kizzie moderated the event, called "Providence, When Capitalized."
 
  • Tina Cane—RI's new poet laureate!—taught a free poetry workshop for veterans. The class was 10 weeks. Frequency is also honored to offer the new Poet Laureate Veteran’s Scholarship.
 
  • This August, with support from RISCA, we offered another summer youth class. This time Kate Schapira taught Book City, a bookmaking class for teens. The class was offered pay-what-you-can. The students in the class created their own chapbooks in an edition of 10 copies, which they exhibited and read from at the Providence Public Library.
 
  • Over the summer, we partnered with RHD-RI to offer a free writing workshop for adults with disabilities. Huge thanks to Lucy Stevens for co-teaching and making the class possible! 
 
  • PVD Fest found us in the Providence Public Library, where guests could enjoy some refreshments and reflect on Providence and the activity of the festival.
 
  • Darcie Dennigan offered a free Submitathon, inviting folks to drop by Carpenter Street with their poems and stories and receive some guidance about sending them out into the world.
 
  • We are hard at work on our 2016 anthology, City and Sea, which we are so excited to announce will be published by Drunken Boat! We will have a release party this spring. Stay tuned.
 
  • We opened up Carpenter Street every Sunday morning for free studio time, and we have stayed awake at night (literally) thinking about how to make Frequency even better for you and all who need it. 
 

 Give to Frequency


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 below will direct you to our PayPal site.

Any amount you donate now will go directly to 2017 staff salaries, to compensate the individuals who work so hard to build Frequency, a home to so many of us.  
 
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