Give Words a Space

The Jamestown Arts Center’s OutLoud committee invites you to Give Words a Space, an evening of poetry readings with music and a dramatic monologue. Together, we will create a conscious awareness of the space that poetry and music fill. The power of words and the ability to listen helps connect us more deeply to ourselves and to others. Please join us for refreshments at 7:00pm and the program at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 18th at JAC.


Robert Carothers has the distinction of being a poet, a lawyer, a professor and university administrator. His first poems appeared in 1965 in magazines and journals while he was a graduate student at Kent State University and he has continued publishing work ever since. He has published three small books of his poetry. In 1969 he taught his first of many poetry workshops for student writers at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and his last one at the University of Rhode Island in 2012. In the meantime, he served as president of Southwest Minnesota State University, chancellor of the Minnesota University System, and for 18 years as the president of the University of Rhode Island.

Craig Watson is the author of Sleepwalking With Orpheus, Secret Histories, True News and four other books. He has worked in the performing arts, corporate arts, literary arts and emergency arts, among other oddly grouped activities. In 2010 he retired as the Associate Artistic Director for Trinity Repertory Company, a professional theater in Providence. Except for one generation, his family has owned property in Jamestown since the mid-1700s.

Heather Sullivan is a founding member of Ocean State Poets, a nonprofit whose mission it is to give voice to Rhode Islanders by conducting workshops and readings across the state. Sullivan is editor of two poetry chapbooks, Butterfly Wings and Poems on Branches, published by Salve Regina University, featuring the works of 75 individuals. Finishing Line Press published her debut poetry collection, These Onyx Hours, in March 2014, and her work has appeared in numerous regional and national publications. She lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with her daughter Page Sonnet and can be reached at

David Dragone has been self-employed in Rhode Island as a piano tuner and violin teacher for over ten years. Many of his poems have been published in national magazines such as California Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Bryant Literary Review, and Avocet. Three of his poems have appeared in the Sunday Providence Journal, and he was an award winner in Newport Life’s inaugural writing issue. David’s poetry has been repeatedly featured on Rhode Island NPR and Trinity Repertory Company performed one of his poems as part of their radio theatre program. He lives in Middletown with his wife and college age son, and is the proud new grandfather of Nathan Fullerton.

Rossibel Kurz is a freshman at NECC pursuing a degree in American Sign Language. She is passionate about dance and was most recently seen in the High Mowing High School productions of Finnian’s Rainbow in the role of Silent Susan and as The Cuban Dancer in Guys and Dolls. Rossibel loves to write poetry, paint and work with stained glass. She received the Most Valued Player for soccer in her junior year.

Jamestown Arts Center | Location: 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835 | Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Jamestown,
Rhode Island 02835 | for more Information call: (401) 560-0979 or email


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