4:30 PM gathering, 6 PM reading

Celebrating fellowship, hospitality, and safe harbor for artists!

At 4:30 p.m., guests will gather on the vicarage lawn (14 Gold St.) for music and nibbles, then walk over to the North Kingstown Free Library (100 Boone St.), for a 6 p.m. reading & conversation with Rick Moody and Elaina Richardson.

Father Spencer Reece has just launched a new artists residency program via 14 Gold Street in Rhode Island. Join us to learn more!

Rick Moody is the author of six novels, including The Ice Storm (adapted into film by Ang Lee), three collections of stories, and three volumes of nonfiction, including a recent memoir, The Long Accomplishment. His work has garnered several accolades, including the Pushcart Press Editor’s Choice Award, the Addison Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim fellowship. His memoir, The Black Veil, won the NAMI/Ken Book Award and the PEN Martha Albrand Prize. Moody’s writing has been widely published in foreign editions and has been included in multiple literary prize anthologies. Moody has also produced music albums and radio pieces. He serves as a Board Member for Yaddo as well as PEN America. He co-founded the Young Lions Book Award at the New York Public Library and has taught at several universities and writing programs.

Before joining Yaddo in 2000, award-winning writer and editor Elaina Richardson was the editor-in-chief of Elle magazine. Among her responsibilities were supervision of a staff of 64, oversight of all aspects of the magazine production and marketing, and responsibility for the visual and written content. Prior to Elle, she worked for publications in the US and her native Great Britain, including Mirabella, the Guardian and the BBC. She holds an MLitt from Oxford University, an MA from the University of Edinburgh, and an honorary doctorate from Kenyon College, and has written and lectured extensively on 18th-century literature and culture. In directing Yaddo’s staff, she combines a wide knowledge of the arts with proven management skills. During her tenure, Yaddo has built 7 new live-work studios, renovated the historic Mansion and other key buildings, been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, built an endowment of $36 million, and provided more than 5,250 residencies to the world’s leading writers and artists.  She is the host of the bi-weekly podcast Shadow Yaddo.

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Collectively, Yaddo artists have won 82 Pulitzer Prizes, 34 MacArthur Fellowships, 71 National Book Awards and a Nobel Prize in Literature. Learn more about the impact of Yaddo.

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