Celebrate the art of writing
and Rhode Island writers

Providence International Arts Festival
June 12 from 6-7:30 PM at Aurora, 276 Westminster St.

Goat Hill is made up of Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan and Taylor Polites, three writers who are trying to bring attention to the literary arts and writing communities in Rhode Island. On Friday night they’ll be on their worst behavior with Writers Behaving Badly. This game show-style event celebrates the smallest state’s profound and substantive writing community with a program that is neither profound nor substantive. Contestants – including Epic Theater’s Kevin Broccoli, slam poet Marlon Carey, local punk diva Reba Mitchell and award winning young adult author Padma Venkatraman will compete in a series of games that draw upon the skill, wit, bravery and shamelessness of the contestants as judged by an expert panel. Only one writer will remain standing!

June 13 from 3-6 PM at Aurora, 276 Westminster St.

The fun continues on Saturday with A Writer’s Feast, which offers attendees the opportunity to learn about various Rhode Island writers, writing groups and organizations. The panel includes representatives from the Association of Rhode Island Authors, the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference at URI and the Rhode Island Writers Colony, a writer’s residency program supporting works and projects for and by writers of color. There will also be small, free workshops for writers of all skill levels, including sessions on flash fiction, historical fiction, poetry, non-fiction and memoir. At 5 PM, panel and workshop participants and attendees will gather by the bar at Aurora to mix, exchange ideas and get to know each other.

Visit the pvdfestparticipate.com community portal for information and ideas about how to participate. You’ll find a call for public art, opportunities to perform, and a request for programming at local venues. Stay tuned for more details!