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Queer.Archive.Work

Queer.Archive.Work is a nonprofit reading room, publishing studio, and project space serving Providence, RI and beyond (501(c)(3) status pending).

QAW was founded in 2020 to support artists and writers with free, open access to space and resources for experimental publishing, with a special focus on queer practices. QAW includes a non-circulating library of books, zines, and objects, a risograph printer, and project installation space. QAW strives to be accountable, to center marginalized voices through intersectional work, and to cultivate inclusive, safe platforms for independent, queer publishing.

All visitors are welcome! This is a safe community space, open and free for all (please see our code of conduct below). Come by to chat about your work, use the risograph printer, or spend time in the reading room. QAW is on the west side of Providence at 40 Sprague Street #1G, Providence, RI 02907. Email Paul Soulellis at queer.archive.work@gmail.com if you would like to visit.

QAW Code of Conduct

  • Work openly
  • Be generous
  • Participate fully and responsibly
  • Speak with respect and assume the most respectful interpretation
  • Step up, step back

Unacceptable Behaviors:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person)
  • "One upping" and uninvited interruptions
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Best practices:

  • Photography: ask for permission
  • Clean up your mess
  • Respect the other residents at Rooms & Works
  • Assume that people are trying to be helpful
  • Be safe
  • Be respectful
  • Appreciate diversity, including ESL (English as Second Language)
  • Value questions and asking for help. There are no bad or dumb questions
  • Cultivate welcoming and shared spaces
  • Respect everyone’s different paths
  • Take creative risks outside of your comfort zone
  • Generosity: share skills and ideas
  • Be aware of other people in the conversation
  • Step forward, lean back (speaking up and listening are skills that you can always improve)
  • Be accountable and responsible

Adapted from the School for Poetic Computation's Code of Conduct.

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