Split This Rock joined with 15 international NGOs to urge the United Nations to continue their attention to the arbitrary arrest, detention, and conviction of the Qatari poet Mohammed al-Ajami. Convicted in November 2012, Al-Ajami was arrested for the contents of his poetry and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Read the letter to the UN at the Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain's website.
Split This Rock's Managing Director, Camisha Jones, shares her beautiful poem Ode to a Chronically Ill Body and discusses how poetry can help alleviate stigmas for those living with disabilities on PBS NewsHour.
In Tony Mancus' Scene Report, Split This Rock is recognized as an organization that's focused on heightening social engagment among poets.
In their blog post on the online journal of North Carolina's Writers' Network, White Cross School announces The Quarry and explains how to properly search to find poets from your area. To read their full post, visit their blog.
Ron Charles of the Washington Post offers a Style Blog on the launch of Split This Rock's new online resource: The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. To read his full post, visit the Style Blog.
Larry Ferlazzo, a highly awarded teacher from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA, announces The Quarry's launch on his blog and explains why it is a perfect resource for teachers to research social justice issues. He also added it to his popular and useful post "The Best Teacher Resource Sites for Social Justice Issues" . Visit Ferlazzo's blog for his entire post.
On his blog, Ross wrote a wonderfully complimentary post commending Split This Rock on the new social justice poetry database and explains, as a teacher, how it will prove as a useful and essential resource for him and the community at large. Read Ross' full post on his blog.
In her article "Split This Rock Launches The Quarry", Harriet Staff of Poetry Foundation announces Split This Rock's new poetry database, The Quarry, and comments on its significance as the first of its kind. Read the full article on Poetry Foundation's website and explore The Quarry!
In Three to Read #11, Amanda Oaks, founding editor of Words Dance Publishing, gives special mention to Split This Rock's April 24th poem of the week, "A Small Needful Fact," by Ross Gay. Read the full post at Words Dance Publishing. Read Ross Gay's full poem at BlogThisRock.
Executive Director Sarah Browning pens a wonderful write-up about our January Department of Justice poetry drop in response to the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Read the full write-up.