Not About The Buildings
Not About The Buildings was founded in 2006 to draw public attention to proposed library branch closings in the city of Providence. Thankfully, the libraries stayed open, and since then Not About The Buildings has grown into a literary events organization. As its founder, I've produced marathon readings, a group gallery exhibit of library-themed artwork, five spelling bees and two writing contests. I've also organized readings, movie nights, book clubs, and concerts, put out an online-only benefit album,and ventured into small-press publishing.
Highlights of Not About The Buildings' 2011 schedule included a marathon reading of Bartleby The Scrivener at the Providence Athenaeum and a read-aloud Ethan Frome at Ada Books, a Spelling Bee at AS220, and two experimental memoir-writing workshops at the Providence Athenaeum. Not About The Buildings programs and events have been awarded funding by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the micro-memoir! workshops are sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
In 2009, Not About The Buildings was named one of the 150 Things That Make Providence Great in Providence Monthly. In 2011 the Spelling Bee and the micro-memoir! events were both featured in the Providence Phoenix. Here's the 2012 word list.