"We try to provide for as many young people the opportunity to express their frustration, their anger, but more importantly their love and their passion and their hope, because when the opposition, a negative entity, gets ahold of the megaphone then you start hearing depressing and inaccurate narratives about yourself." - Joseph Green interviewed at Brightest Young Things!
"Ten years ago, Sarah Browning co-founded Split This Rock, an organization named from this Langston Hughes poem, which emerged from a group of poets and poetry enthusiasts called DC Poets Against the War (in Iraq). Today, as Split This Rock’s outgoing Executive Director, Browning reflects on her favorite milestones and what it means to reach a decade of programming and artistic activism as they approach their tenth year and fifth biannual festival."
Read the full write up on The District Now.
New Mexico poet Beate Sigriddaughter reads from her new book "Xanthippe and Her Friends" and host Charlie Rossiter looks at the program for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018. Take a listen here.
This past Saturday was the Hyper Bole, the largest individual youth poetry slam on the East Coast. Deborah March, an English teacher and Academic Director at Loudoun School for the Gifted, is one of the many teachers who brought their students to George MasonUniversity to participate in the Hyper Bole this year. Read her incredibly moving post about the event on her blog.
Some quotes from Deborah's students:
"I’ve never been in a space like that, where people snap for you and encourage you when you make a mistake."
"I was surprised by all the different perspectives I heard."
"The poetry was amazing."
"I mostly act like I don’t care about anything. Today made me think it’s OK to care sometimes."
"It reminded me how much I still have to learn. We’re all trying to unlearn what we’ve been taught by systems of oppression, and it’s a process."
Domenica Ghanem talks to poet, scholar, yoga teacher, and editor Kazim Ali, who will feature at the 2018 Split This Rock Poetry Festival in April. Their conversation is rich and dynamic, ranging from questions about writing poetry in this particularly troubling political moment, navigating religion and a queer identity, family, editing poetry, and more. The interview was featured on Poetry Foundation's blog.
Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning sits down with Poets & Writers to discuss her past decade at the organization, the continued need to consider poetry a form of social engagement, and the upcoming festival. Read the full profile here.
Cece and Anthony of Mason Jar Press are joined by poet and "Split This Rock" co-founder, Sarah Browning, to discuss life, poetry, and politics (0:00). Later, Cece and Anthony talk Fire and Fury (36:30), Game of Thrones hiatus (41:50). and the Olympics (46:00). Sarah then rejoins the hosts to imagine their dream literary course to teach/take (53:10). Listen here.
"All weekend long, I thought how beautiful we are, how rich and glorious in our variety of language and love and self-presentation and worship. How normal and extraordinary. And all weekend I almost wept, knowing this is the America Donald Trump and his Nazi enforcers hate, this is the America so many of my fellow white Americans never see, never get to see."
Read more from Split This Rock co-founder and Executive Director Sarah Browning in her essay for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts about her experience at the Baltimore Book Festival.
Intersections -- Poetry With Mathmatics blog featured a poem by Split This Rock Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sarah Browning in preperation for the upcoming festival: Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018. See the post here.
Asha Gardner represented Split This Rock at art education panel organized by the DC ARTS and Humanities Commission. Asha spoke about working with Split this Rock's program in DC schools, as well as shared personal stories about succeeding in school through the arts. Read the full write-up of the event here.