Providence International Arts Festival at Aurora


As all of the art of the world drops into our little city,  Aurora is supporting the artistic community with our literary events. Writers Behaving Badly! celebrates the smallest state’s profound and substantive writing community with a program that is neither profound nor substantive! Laughs will ensue! Glory will be won!

A panel of celebrity judges will weigh in on the performances of local writers in three rounds of literary games that draw upon the skill, wit, bravery and shamelessness of the contestants.  Only one writer will remain standing! Who will it be? And what will they do to win?

Judges: “Reading with Robin” series host Robin Kall; drag sensation and the First Lady of Providence Miss Kitty Litter; the artist behind the Providence Comicbooks Consortium Walker Mettling.

Contestants: actor, writer, director, producer and head of Cranston’s Epic Theater Company Kevin Broccoli; Slam Poet, hip hop artist and actor Marlon Carey; punk diva of the band Whore Paint Reba Mitchell; and award winning young adult author Padma Venkatraman (Climbing the Stairs, Island’s End, and A Time to Dance).

Your master of ceremonies will be the intrepid Taylor M. Polites.

The next day will feature a celebration of art in its literary form. A Writer’s Feast offers attendees of all backgrounds, from the ambitious to the accomplished writer, an opportunity to learn about various Rhode Island writers, writing groups and organizations. While writing occurs alone, all writers need community—for support, encouragement, deadlines, connection. We invite anyone with an interest in writing and in connecting with the varied writing communities in Rhode Island to come give a listen as these groups talk about the work they do—and then participate in free, one-hour small group writing workshops, followed by a mixer where all attendees and participants can gather.

The panel includes eight different individuals and organizations: the Association of Rhode Island Authors, an organization of over 190 published writers; Frequency, an organization dedicated to creating a community of and for local writers ; the HiFi Collaborative, a forum for historical fiction writers; author and teacher Kathryn Kulpa; the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference at the University of Rhode Island; The Poetry Loft, a literary arts organization for poets and writers ; the Rhode Island Center for the Book, a non-profit that celebrates the art and heritage of reading, writing, making and sharing books; and the Rhode Island Writers Colony, a writer’s residency program supporting works and projects for and by writers of color.

The 45-minute panel presentation will be followed by small workshops that are free, open to the public, and for writers of all skill levels. Workshops offered include flash fiction, historical fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and memoir.

At 5pm, panel and workshop participants and attendees will gather by the bar at Aurora to mix, exchange ideas, and get to know each other.

While there are many wild things going on this weekend, this is one you should not pass up. These events are free and open to the public. Presented as part of the Providence International Arts Festival, produced by the City of Providence and FirstWorks.