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November 24, 2015


Today's the day! We're thrilled to tell you that registration is now open for Split This Rock Poetry Festival, April 14-17, 2016.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016 invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. 

Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, open mics, and activism, the festival offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.

The fifth biennial festival will take place  April 14-17, 2016 , in Washington, DC. Click here   to register today. Only $100 if you register by Februrary 14 . And only $50 for students. (Presenters' rate is $85 before February 14, $100 after.)

We know it's going to be an extraordinary four days. More information is below and on the website. We hope you'll consider helping to make it possible for others to attend by making a donation, too. You'll be prompted on the registration page

Finally, please help us spread the word - scroll down for ways you can help.

Thank you! We can't wait to see you in April!

In peace & poetry, 
Split This Rock 
Top 10 Reasons 
to Join Us for 
Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016:
  1. Passionate voices for justice & peace  - Where else are you going to hear readings by 15 of the most artistically vibrant and important poets writing today, all on the same stage? See video from 2014 on Youtube.
  2. Need names? Here they are - Amal al-Jubouri,  Jennifer Bartlett, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Regie Cabico, Dominique Christina, Martha Collins, Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rigoberto Gonz├ílez, Linda Hogan, Dawn Lundy Martin, Craig Santos Perez, and Ocean Vuong. Read more about them on our website
  3. Plus the U.S. Poet Laureate! - The festival begins with a special kick-off event on Wednesday April 13 at the Library of Congress with Juan Felipe Herrera. Stay tuned for details.
  4. Compelling conversations - Join us for panel & roundtable discussions on craft, allyship, the Middle East, the role poetry plays in the Black Lives Matter and environmental justice movements, and many  more essential topics .
  5. Workshops for your mind, body & spirit - Explore the intersections of poetry with hip hop, labor movements, liturgy, food justice, journalism, and more! Read about the workshops on our  website .
  6. Group readings! - Themed group readings elevating marginalized voices focused on worker rights, eco-justice, disability, policing of brown and black bodies, the intersection of Queerness and race, and so much  more .
  7. Voices of the future - Youth poets will read, lead writing workshops, teach participants how to nurture youth voices in their own communities, and generally school the grownups on kicking ass and taking names.
  8. Poetry in the streets - With our world crying out for equity and justice, poets will take to the streets with the imaginative and transformative power of poetry. Check out photos of the previous public action on our  website.
  9. Only $100! - That's right, all this for the early-bird rate of only $100. Register today! On February 14 the rate goes up to $140. Click here to save today.
  10. Students are only $50  - And scholarships  and group rates are available. We want everyone to be able to attend, regardless of ability to pay. Details are  here!  Contact info for requesting group rates listed below.
So many more reasons, too - Meet up with old friends, make new connections in poetry and activist circles, explore and celebrate the ways that poetry can be an agent for change, read and perform at open mics, get your groove on at the Saturday evening party hosted by Dark Noise Collective & Busboys and Poets... Four days of transformative events in our nation's capital!
SpreadTheWordHelp Spread the Word!

  • Forward this email to friends. Use the link at the bottom of the email.
  • Post the announcement to your Facebook, Twitter, blog, or other social media site.
  • Send post cards to your friends and colleagues and/or leave stacks at libraries, cafes, and bookstores. Contact poetryfest@splitthisrock.org to get a stack. 
  • Are you a teacher or student? Have your institution sponsor a group of students for a special group rate. Contact Tiana at tiana@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5268.
  • Want to sponsor? It's a great way to support the festival and get lots of visibility with leaders in the literary and social justice worlds. Visit our website for details or contact us at 202-787-5210 or poetryfest@splitthisrock.org.
  • Other ideas? Contact poetryfest@gmail.com - we'd love your help!
Poetry Magazine 
Split This Rock Collaborate

Split This Rock and 
Poetry magazine announce a collaboration: A special portfolio in the April 2016 issue of 
Poetry,  with new poems by poets to be featured at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016.

Timed to coincide with Split This Rock's fifth biennial national festival, the portfolio will be co-edited by  Poetry editor Don Share and  Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning, with  an introduction by Browning. The portfolio will also be the focus of the magazine's monthly podcast.

Poetry, founded in 1912, is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Subscribe to the magazine  here .
Support Split This Rock 

Please support Split This Rock, the national network of activist poets. Donations are fully tax-deductible. 

Click here to donate a one time or monthly gift. Or send a check payable to "Split This Rock" to: Split This Rock, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Many thanks!

Contact  info@splitthisrock.org for more details or to become a sponsor.

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