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The Word Shelter

Shelter built in 2023 by Shaun Bullens for DPPP

Mahogany, copper, glass, Vestaboard 

The Word Shelter is a sign facing Broadway right next to the bus stop. Texts will be crafted by a variety of wordsmiths all year! 






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Darcie Dennigan is the author of several books, a few plays, and some criticism, including the recent "Happy Birthday Don't Die," a celebration of The Story of Harold, a mostly forgotten novel about a suicidal writer of children's books.
She directs the Spatulate Church Emergency Shift, an ad hoc poets theatre group.






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Mary-Kim Arnold is a writer, artist, and educator. She currently serves as Assistant Dean for Equity & Inclusion in Teaching & Learning at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press).
Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. 
Mary-Kim has received several fellowships and awards, including the 2020 Howard Foundation Fellowship, the 2018 MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and the 2017 Fellowship in Fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
She serves as Senior Editor for Collaborative & Cross-Disciplinary Texts at Tupelo Quarterly.
In 2021, she was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She also serves on the Board of the Providence Athenaeum.
Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, Mary-Kim lives in Rhode Island with her husband and children. 
Matthew Derby is a writer based in Rhode Island.
Most recently, he co-wrote the Spotify Original podcast Harley Quinn and The Joker: Sound Mind with longtime collaborator Eli Horowitz.
Derby's previous collaboration with Horowitz, the feature film Gone in the Night, was released in 2022.
Derby is also the author of Phreaks, an Audible Original starring Carrie Coon, Christian Slater, Ben McKenzie, Justice Smith, and Bree Klauser.
Previously, he co-wrote the serialized fiction podcast Sandra for Gimlet Media with Kevin Moffett, and also collaborated with Kevin, Eli Horowitz, and Russell Quinn on The Silent History, the first major exploratory, interactive novel designed specifically for the iPad and iPhone. Derby is also the author of the short story collection Super Flat Times. His stories have been anthologized in The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Apocalypse Reader, and Dzanc's Best of the Web 2009. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Columbia Journal, Fence, and Guernica and he's contributed to The Organist, the monthly podcast of The Believer.
BIO: hey folks!! my name is naffisatou koulibaly ((everyone calls me naffi for short)) and I am the newest resident at Dirt Palace! I was born and raised in various parts of RI, but since high school, I've been central to Providence. my body of work includes lots and lots of poetry–which has always been my one true love. these days it feels like all I have to show of this love is a collection of unfinished poems that I hope one day to return to and complete. although, I know, as do many other poets, that a poem is never truly finished. my writing is interested in examining the phenomenon of growing up. to put it another way, i like talking about the inherent heartbreak of being a 23 year old girl and everything that makes the experience so beautiful and tragic.
S. Tourjee is a writer and artist living in Providence RI. They are the author of Sam Says, Sam, published by Spuyten Duyvil; two chapbooks: Ghost and When Tongue Was Muscle, both published by Anomalous Press; and Record Of, an ongoing archival and poetry project. More at


Despite being about to be swept aside by the everywhere-and-all-for-0.001% Generative Pre-Trained Transformer(s), John Cayley persists as a human maker of language art in networked and programmable media. He has published books of poetry and translation, and a collection of essays, Grammalepsy, its title naming one of writing's many pathologies. Meanwhile, Cayley has explored dynamic and ambient poetics, heuristic (as opposed to GPT-occult) text generation, transliteral morphing, aestheticized vectors of reading, and transactive synthetic language (as in ‘smart speakers’ and listeners). More academically, he is now investigating what language is, and is doing so in the context of ongoing philosophically-informed, practice-based research. An augmented and reconfigured edition of his digital language art poetry collection, Image Generation, was published by Counterpath Press, 2023. Those more curious about his work are often encouraged to visit Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Providence’s own Brown University.
- Personal site
- @programmatology (old-school IG only)
Sara Wintz is the author of the epic poem Walking Across A Field We Are Focused On At This Time Now and a chapbook called The Lauras. Their poems and interviews have been published in Social Text, Art Papers, and The Creative Independent. You can read their interview with Caitlin Cali on Dirt Palace's blog.
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