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Mission and History

Since opening in 2018, LitArts RI has become a centralized hub for the Rhode Island literary community, serving 500+ creatives.

In 2023, as we celebrated the launch of a new literary arts center in the Valley neighborhood of Providence,
on the ancestral homelands of the Narragansett NationWhat Cheer Writers Club became LitArts RI to better represent the organization we have become and the community we serve. Read our Land Acknowledgment here.
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LitArts RI, formerly What Cheer Writers Club, supports Rhode Island's creators of the written, spoken and illustrated word through community events, free and low-cost business services, and accessible creative workspace. As an umbrella organization, we serve as a centralized community connecting content creators, fans and literary organizations state-wide.
Our mission is to elevate the content arts in our state by providing accessible workshops and community gatherings where writers can feel supported and known by fellow creatives and patrons of the arts. In addition, we seek to burnish Rhode Island's reputation as a literary destination—a place where content creators thrive.
Photo by Brittanny Taylor
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Photo by Cat Laine

An idea that began as 'Coworking for introverts' became a thriving society of more than 300 members... [Lit Arts RI] has galvanized a network of writers and podcasters that was legion, but disparate and unconnected.

John Taraborelli, Providence Monthly

Staff

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Jillian Winters

Operations Director

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Jodie Vinson

Program Director

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Susannah Morse

Program Coordinator

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Board

Anne Holland

Dr. Michelle Cruz

Holly Gaboriault

Ana González

Cynthia Holt

Board Chair

Advisory Committee Members

Frank Maradiaga

LuzJennifer Martinez

Cherie Rowe

Sponsors and Partners

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Founded in 2018, LitArts RI serves as an umbrella organization supporting our state's writing-related nonprofits, as well as providing creative workspace, networking and career support to individual creatives.
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