The Big Read kick-off event to be held April 7

Rhode Island College will present The Big Read Kick-Off as part of its celebration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe on Wednesday, April 7, at 9 a.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The event will feature David Keltz of Baltimore, a renowned Poe impersonator, who will portray several of Poe’s short stories and poems on stage.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo will welcome special guests Christine Taylor, program director from The Big Read; Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, honorary chair of Reading Across Rhode Island; and Robin Kall, host of the radio show “Reading With Robin.”

The Big Read at RIC will take place between April 7 and May 7. Click here to view the full calendar of events.

RIC is one of 268 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. To date, the NEA has funded more than 800 Big Read programs in the nation’s towns and cities.

The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Transportation for The Big Read is provided by Ford.

The Big Read at RIC is presented in partnership with students and teachers from Central Falls High School, Henry Barnard School fifth grade, Hugh B. Bain Middle School in Cranston and Nathanael Greene Middle School in Providence.

For more information, contact Debra Thomson at (401) 456-9651 or