Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden answers questions from Poets & Writers, including describing how she spends a day. "I go from budget meetings to visiting a collection to having the head of the British Library visit to participating in the National Book Festival and things like the poetry slam at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival." Read the full article here.
During the most divisive stretch of the presidential campaign, about six weeks before Election Day, the Miami-raised poet asked himself a simple question. What if he, the immigrant son of Cuban parents, the first Latino and openly gay man asked to write a poem for a president’s inauguration four years ago, were asked to write a poem to read at Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump? After months of wrestling with what started as an exercise, he will publish his new poem, “Declaration of Inter-Dependence” on Friday at the poetry site SplitThisRock.org. Read the full article here.
As the United States prepares to inaugurate a president whose use of language has been seen by many as less than clear and accountable, people across the country have taken to various media platforms to communicate their anxieties about what may be to come. Across the country, writers celebrated MLK, Jr's birthday by holding #WritersResist events. Split This Rock's Sunday Kind of Love was one such event. “If we can’t create a vision for the world based on justice and equality that we want to see, there’s no way we can build it. We have to imagine it first,” said Sarah Browning, director of Split This Rock, the locally-based organization of activist poets that co-hosted the Washington reading. Read the full article here.
As the political class in Washington, D.C., struggles to carve a path of resistance to the incoming Trump administration, artists are leading the way. Institutional players in liberal politics should pay attention. Split This Rock held a “resistance open-mic poetry speak out” after the conclusion of Saturday’s Women’s March. Read the full article here.
Learn more about PoetryN.O.W and Split This Rock Youth Programs in this article with Youth Programs Coordinator Joseph Green, on the poetry scene in Northern Virginia. Read the full article here.
Split This Rock Executive Director, Sarah Browning is featured on UDC TV for "Conversations About Communication: The Arts Community & Communication" with P.S. Perkins, Adjunct Professor of Public Speaking at UDC-Community College and Founder of the Human Communication Institute. Watch the discussion here.
Split This Rock Youth Programs Coordinator, Joseph Green is featured on PBS NewsHour with his beautiful poem Hands. A poem about raising a black son and the movement for Black lives. Read the full article here.
LynleyShimat Lys reflects on the poetry and workshops of Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016, coming to the conclusion that, "Split This Rock Poetry Festival....comes as a welcome respite from a poetry world in which formal and artistic concerns often seem far removed from the role of the social justice activist". Read the full blog post here.
In first person plural, writer Sarah Katz interviews Split This Rock Executive Director, Sarah Browning and learns about the history of Split This Rock, and how Split This Rock Poetry Festival came about. Read the full article here.
Raye Weigel a writer for University of Maryland's The Writer's Bloc reflected on sessions of Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016, coming to the conclusion that; "The festival as a whole seemed to provide a clean and organized venue where artists could gather to talk about something that is anything but clean and organized: poetry. Each event at the festival buzzed heavily with knowledge and passion". Read the full article here.