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Split This Rock cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness
to injustice and provokes social change.
1 March 2018
This is the month!
10 years ago, Split This Rock was born. Here is Sister Sonia Sanchez invoking the ancestors on the first day of that first festival, March 20, 2008, welcoming the activist poets to Washington, DC, city of barricades, city of mambo sauce and Go Go music and poetry and Langston Hughes!
Will you join us this March?
Whether you're here in the DC area or in far-flung areas of our benighted land (or throughout the globe), there will be ways to participate as we honor our shared past and build a future together.
Split This Rock is also presenting March events as part of the national programming of the Poetry Coalition, of which we are a member. The initiative's 2018 theme is
Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body. Learn more on the Coalition
Kick off the month in DC with
Sonya Renee Taylor
Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology
, as she leads Split This Rock's
FREE community workshop
. Details on the
Then join us at
AWP in Tampa
if you're headed there next week. Two big events are planned! There will be a
on-site with Sarah Browning, Franny Choi, Dan Vera, and the Cornelius Eady Trio. Additionally, be part of an off-site
book launch and celebration
of the much-anticipated, beautiful, necessary
eco-justice poetry anthology, edited by Split This Rock co-founder
The big anniversary week is March 17-24!
As the first festival was March 20-23, this week will be the 10-year mark. And what a week it will be:
- March 17, 5-7 pm - Youth Open Mic & DC Youth Slam Team Last Chance Slam Featuring Jeanann Verlee.
March 18, 5-8 pm -
Special 10th Anniversary Sunday Kind of Love! Jeanann Verlee & Lauren May will feature. We're extending Sunday Kind of Love an extra hour to celebrate - hosted by Regie Cabico. We will be screening videos of past festivals and inviting members of the community up on stage. Share your favorite story, poem, or reason why you support Split This Rock. Plus 10th anniversary cake!
March 21, 6:30-8:30 pm -
10th Anniversary Community Writing Workshop
led by celeste doaks and
March 24, 7-9 pm -
DC Youth Slam Team Finals!
See full details below. We hope you'll come out and add your voice to the festivities.
Here's to the next 10 years!
Split This Rock
Split This Rock at AWP!
March 7-10, 2018
Next week, Split This Rock will celebrate its 10th anniversary year while at
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Conference & Bookfair
, March 7-10, at the
Tampa Convention Center
Marriott Tampa Waterside
Drop By Split This Rock's Book Fair Table #T603!
Visit Split This Rockers at Table #
T603 in the Book Fair, where you can write a haiku post card to elected officials demanding gun control and buy a t-shirt, mug, or
note card (featuring beautiful artwork by Split This Rock co-chair Dan Vera and excerpts from poems in The Quarry). You can also enter
a raffle to win free registration to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018!
Split This Rock 10th Anniversary Reading
March 8, 10:30 am
On March 8, 10:30 am, join Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning and
Board Co-Chair Dan Vera
in their last year of leadership,
Anniversary Poetry Reading
, as well as musicians from the
Cornelius Eady trio, in the
Tampa Convention Center, F
Room 20 and 21
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology
Book Launch March 9, 5:30 pm
Whether you're attending AWP or not, if you're in the Tampa area on March 9, 5:30 pm, celebrate the exciting book launch of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology and celebrate Split This Rock's 10th birthday at The Attic Cafe, hosted by editor and Split This Rock co-founder, Melissa Tuckey.
Readers include Jennifer Atkinson, Sarah Browning, Camille Dungy, Kathy Engel, Jennifer Foerster, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Allison Hedge Coke, Tiffany Higgins, Brenda Hillman, Philip Metres, Lenard Moore, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Emmy Pérez, Danez Smith, Pam Ushuck, Dan Vera, and Javier Zamora. This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and within walking distance of the convention center and conference hotel.
Split This Rock Celebrates 10 Years!
Anniversary Week - Schedule of Events
March 17-24, 2018
This March marks 10 years of cultivating, teaching, and celebrating poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes change.
Youth Open Mic & DC Youth Slam Team Last Chance Slam Featuring
On March 17, 5 pm, the DC Youth Open Mic features renowned poet Jeanann Verlee, followed by a qualifying slam for the DCYST. Youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years old are eligible to compete for a spot on the team. Find more info and how to sign up to slam on the Facebook event page.
Special 10th Anniversary Sunday Kind of Love!
Featuring Jeanann Verlee & Lauren May
On March 18, 5 pm, we're extending Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic and Reading an extra hour to celebrate -
hosted by Regie Cabico. We will be screening videos of past festivals and inviting members of the community up on stage. Share your favorite story, poem, or reason why you support Split This Rock. Plus 10th anniversary cake donated by Ravenhook Bakehouse! See full details below.
Free Community Writing Workshop
Facilitated by celeste doaks and Katy Richey
Members of The Black Ladies Brunch Collective, celeste doaks and Katy Richey, facilitate this special 10th anniversary writing workshop, March 21, 6:30 pm. The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is a group of Black women poets dedicated to creating spaces of joy and celebration as an act of resistance. All writing levels are welcome; no need to RSVP. Find out more info on the Facebook page.
Finals of the DC Youth Slam Team
On March 24, 7-9 pm, the DC Youth Slam Finals will feature the previous three slam winners, Kenny Carroll, Gaelyn Smith, and Bobbi Johnson, at the Arena Stage in DC. Tickets will cost $20. Further details and ticket sales to come. Stay tuned!
& JEANANN VERLEE
Sunday, March 18, 2018,
Busboys and Poets
Sarah Browning and Katy Richey
Last hour of open mic hosted by
Split This Rock co-founder Regie Cabico
$5 online or at the door (if available)
Tickets go on sale at midnight on March 18!
As always, open mic follows!
Co-Sponsored by Busboys and Poets
& Split This Rock
The last hour of open mic is a celebration hour!
In addition to screening videos of past festivals, we'll be inviting everyone to share their favorite Split This Rock story or poem!
Would you like a slot on the mic?
It could be anything that takes four minutes or less: A meaningful moment at a reading, festival, rally, or workshop. A poem by a Split This Rock poet that changed or inspired you. A poem of your own written from the fellowship you found with other Splitistas. Or perhaps you want to invite others to join you in supporting the organization. Just email Rasha Abdulhadi at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up in advance.
Learn more about Sunday Kind of Love on Split This Rock's
Purchase tickets at Busboys and Poets' website.
Lauren May is a 21-year-old writer, artist, host, human rights advocate, and french fry enthusiast born in DC, raised in Maryland. An alumna of the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team, Lauren is part of Split This Rock's Ushindi Performance Group. She has featured as a guest speaker at MCASA's 10th Annual Women of Color Network Conference, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, and The White House United State of Women Summit.
is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of
Said the Manic to the Muse
Write Bloody Publishing
, 2015) and
(2010), which was awarded a silver medal in the
Independent Publisher Awards. Her third book, prey, was first runner-up for the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. She received the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize, and her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, Rattle,
and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. Verlee has served as poetry editor for various publications, including Union Station Magazine and Winter Tangerine Review, in addition to a number of individual collections. The former director of Urbana Poetry Slam where she served as writing and performance coach, Verlee performs and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She collects tattoos and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you. Find her at jeanannverlee.com.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018
April 19-21, 2018
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness (April 19-21, 2018) invites poets, activists, poetry lovers, and dreamers to Washington, DC for three days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, activism.
Celebrating Split This Rock's 10th anniversary
, the festival will feature some of the most significant and artistically vibrant poets today, including Elizabeth
Acevedo, Kazim Ali, Ellen Bass, Sherwin Bitsui, Kwame Dawes
Camille T. Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Sharon Olds, Sonia Sanchez,
Solmaz Sharif, Terisa Siagatonu, Paul Tran,
ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 28.
To stay informed, visit Split This Rock's
Support Split This Rock
With your support, Split This Rock can raise the platform for
poetry of provocation and witness and amplify the voices of poets of all ages who write and perform this vital work. Donations are fully tax-deductible.
Split This Rock engages poetry as an agent for change: to answer hate, reach across differences, assert the centrality of the right to free speech, bear witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience, imagine and build a better world.
Here are a few ways your donation makes a difference:
- $25 provides refreshments for a FREE writing workshop or youth event
- $50 invests in our efforts to provide free poetry lesson plans to DC educators
- $100 provides an ASL interpreter for 1 hour, helping to make a poetry event accessible to the D/deaf & hard of hearing community
- $250 sends a dynamic Teaching Artist into a DC area school for two weeks at no cost to the school
- $500 sends one member of the DC Youth Slam Team to Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, helping defray the cost of registration, travel, lodging, and food
CONSIDER A ONE-TIME OR MONTHLY GIFT