Living Literature

Bringing literature to life through performance

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Celebrate with us!

Tuesday, October 6th, 5:30-6:30

The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

LIVE & IN PERSON! Free and open to the public.


In a lovely, outdoor, tented area behind the
Olneyville Branch, Providence Community Library
One Olneyville Square
Providence, Rhode Island 02909

Seating is limited. Reservation & Masks Required. See below.

Three Living Literature performers offer a 40-50 minute collage of writings & speeches of Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Jane Adams, Alice Paul, Crystal Eastman, and Elizabeth Buffum Chace, among others, as they share the journey of the women’s struggle for equality that led to the passing of the 19th Amendment.

This program, made possible by a grant from the League of Women Voters of RI, shares the complex story of the more than seventy-five year struggle for women’s right to vote, and the individual voices that both led and impeded the way to it’s completion.

Seating is limited to 12 people in accordance with Governor Raimondo’s Reopening RI plan.

RSVP/register to reserve a space at: jmorra@provcomlib.org or (401) 421-4084 x4301.


2020 RARI Book

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Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Providence Journal article

Elizabeth Rush, currently teaching at Brown, is a journalist and author who was named a Pulitzer Finalist for her book, Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore, which documents the people, communities and ecosystems impacted by sea level rise.  Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.  Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

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