Salve Regina University

Three writers who will be in Newport as featured faculty in Salve Regina’s exclusive winter residency creative writing degree program, The Newport MFA, will host public readings and reflections from some of their best-selling works on Jan. 5, 9 and 10, 2019.

All readings are free and open to the public, and will be presented in Ochre Court. The featured writers and presentation dates are:

Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. – Bill Roorbach

Bill Roorbach’s recent work is a collection of stories entitled “The Girl of the Lake.” He is also the author of “The Remedy for Love,” a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling “Life Among Giants,” which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, “Big Bend,” won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, “Temple Stream,” won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction 2005. He has been named a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow. Bill lives in Maine with his wife, Juliet Karelsen, who is a visual artist, and their daughter, Elysia Roorbach, an aspiring ballerina and full-time teen.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 1:30 p.m. – Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than 30 works of fiction, including “The World That We Knew,” “The Rules of Magic,” “The Marriage of Opposites,” “Practical Magic,” “The Red Garden,” “The Museum of Extraordinary Things,” and the New York Time best-seller “The Dovekeepers.” Her novel, “Here on Earth,” a modern reworking of some of the themes of Emily Bronte’s masterpiece “Wuthering Heights,” was an Oprah Book Club choice and “Practical Magic” was made into a Warner film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.  She lives near Boston.

Thursday, Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m. – Mary-Kim Arnold

Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of “Litany for the Long Moment,” which was awarded the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Prize, and the chapbook ”Between Night and Night” (Artifact Press). Her full-length poetry collection, “The Fish & The Dove,” is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2020. A multidisciplinary artist and writer, her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including The Georgia Review, Hyperallergic, and The Rumpus, where she serves on the advisory committee. She holds graduate degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and Brown University, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program.

The Newport MFA in Creative Writing at Salve Regina University was founded by New York Times best-selling author Ann Hood. The MFA is a low-residency program that takes place over two years. Residencies span eight days each June and January on Salve Regina University’s oceanfront campus, and in the months between residencies, students practice the art and discipline of writing in individualized, long-distance study with a faculty mentor. More information about The Newport MFA is available on the Salve Regina website,

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.