Poetry Reading: Tom Chandler, Darcie Dennigan, Lisa Starr and Writing Across Rhode Island Participants

Saturday, April 30, 2011

1:00 PM-1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Barnard Room (3rd Floor)

Sat, 2011-04-30 13:00

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the library with Writing Across Rhode Island: One Poem One Prompt One State

Tom ChandlerTom Chandler

Tom Chandler is poet laureate of Rhode Island emeritus. He

 has been named Phi Beta Kappa Poet at Brown University and has been a featured poet at the Robert Frost homestead. Garrison Keillor has read Tom's poems  on National Public Radio on several occasions.

Tom is the author of five books of poetry, including his most recent, Toy Firing Squad. His work has been published in Poetry, Boulevard, The New York Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, and many other journals.

He holds degrees from Brown and the University of New Hampshire. He is also the founder and editor of the Bryant Literary Review.

Lisa StarrLisa Starr

In addition to being the Rhode Island Poet Laureate, Lisa's achievements include a two time recipient of the RI Fellowship for Poetry and the Nancy Potter Fiction Prize from the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of three poetry collections : Days of Dogs and Driftwood (1993), This Place Here (2001), and Mad with Yellow (2008). She also runs her hotel, Hygeia House Inn, which is home to the Block Island Poetry Festival, a nationally acclaimed celebration of arts and humanity, now in its sixth year.

Darcie Dennigan

Darcie Dennigan is the author of Corinna A-Maying the Apocalypse and the recipient of the Poets Out Loud prize, Discovery/The Nation award, and the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her writings have been published by the Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon Review, Tin House and other journals. She is currently a poet in residence at the University of Connecticut.

Got Poetry?

Join the statewide initiative to read and write original poems between

April 1 - 30, 2011

Visit for submission guidelines and a list of Participating Libraries near you.

 How to Participate:

We are pleased to announce that nationally acclaimed Poet Cathleen Calbert has selected a statewide poetry Prompt inspiring Rhode Islanders of all ages to write their own original poem from the same prompt.  Ms. Calbert’s Poem, “Listening to My Mother in the Alzheimer’s Wing,’ has been chosen to spark and engage writers and readers of poetry at all levels, from students to teachers, from emerging to established writers. Look for the Prompt and Poem posted in libraries, schools and various locations in April. 

Original poems submitted to the Writing Across Rhode Island event will be displayed for public viewing at Participating Libraries in April.  One poem per participant, and each poem is not to exceed one page.  No previously published poems, please. The Prompt must be followed when writing the poem.  Deadline for submission: April 30, 2011.

All entries will be submitted to Participating Libraries for the Poetry Write a-thon State Challenge in May, judged by Cathleen Calbert. Submissions must be blinded with no identifying information. Winning poems will be eligible for possible print and online publication, special awards and poetry readings.

Come Write With Us!  April 1 - 30, 2011


Write a poem in the voice of someone you know: your mother or your

childhood friend or the waitress at a local diner.  Your Choice!  Feel

free to imagine what this person might say or to incorporate things

you’ve heard the person say, or to construct a poem made up entirely of

the person’s actual, now re-arranged, words.  The trick, of course, is to

take another’s spoken language and to transform it into a poem.

Happy Writing!

 Note: There is a Cash Prize for the poetry Write-A-Thon Challenge, in addition to online and print publication!All finalists will be notified by May 13th, and Winners will be announced at the Writers Award Brunch on May 15th. 

1s Prize:   $200

2nd Prize: $100

3rd Prize:  $50

AWARDS  GALA with Ann Hood & Poet Cathleen Calbert

Poetry Readings, Book Fair, Music, Food and Open Mic!  

Sunday May 15, 2011    9:30AM -12 Noon 

PapaRazzi Trattoria, Garden City, Cranston, RI

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Writing Across Rhode Island is a project of The Poetry Loft in partnership with participating RI libraries.

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