Read more about the Free Speech Vigil and other forms of writer's resistance at AWP 2017 in the blog Ploughshares from Emerson College. About the vigil, Split This Rock Executive Director, Sarah Browning explained the focus of the vigil by noting that “freedom of expression is the fundamental human right upon which all others are built–we can’t organize, make art, worship, dissent, gather freely, if we can’t speak freely. It makes sense for writers and artists to concentrate on this essential human right now.” Read the full blog here.
Read the Poetry Foundation's blog post about the Free Speech Vigil, organized by Split This Rock, and co-sponsored by 30 literary organizations and creative writing programs featuring nine speakers, “most of them prominent poets, [who] addressed a crowd of over 1,000 people, with one, Carolyn Forché, declaring that it was the ‘best AWP panel ever.’”
Split This Rock is featured in Konstantin Kulakov's blog under "10 Websites Every Poet Should Know"! Read the full blog post here.
The third and final day of AWP 2017’s closed on Saturday evening with a candlelight vigil in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, organized by Split This Rock, and co-sponsored by 30 literary organizations and creative writing programs. Read more about the vigil and AWP in the full article here.
AWP (The Association of Writers and Writing Programs) featured a Free Speech Vigil on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6:15 pm. Sarah Browning, Executive Director of Split This Rock, a Washington, DC nonprofit dedicated to poetry and social justice, and co-organizer of the event ...told us her hope for the vigil is “to join our voices with those of our neighbors flooding the streets and the switchboards and offices of elected officials to demand the right to free expression, the fundamental human right upon which all others are founded.” Read the full article here.
Writers discuss the various actions around resistance to this new administration during AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs), including Split This Rock Executive Director, Sarah Browning on Split This Rock's Free Speech Vigil organized with 30 co-partners. “We are writers,” she (Browning) told me. “Authoritarian regimes come after writers and artists, because we ask questions, imagine alternatives to the status quo being enforced, voice the dreams and hopes of the people. We have no choice but to speak out.” Read the full article here.
Writers of color came together for a special day of writing, networking, and writer's workshops next week during North America's largest annual literary conference, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Split This is a proud participant of "Writing the Resistance: #LitinColor Write-a-Thon at AWP". Read the full article here.
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.