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Elizabeth Acevedo is the Assistant Youth Programs Coordinator and head coach of Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. She was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with her Dominican parents’ bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University as well as an MFA from University of Maryland. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered a TED Talk that aired in March of 2013. She has graced stages nationally and internationally including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, and the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. Acevedo is the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington DC and placed in the top twenty-five in the overall competition. She holds the distinction of being the 2014 Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and as of August, she is a National Poetry Slam Champion. She lives in Washington D.C. and has been published or has poems forthcoming in The Acentos Review, The Ostrich Review, Split this Rock, Callaloo, Poet Lore, and The Notre Dame Review.

Shatha Almutawa is Split This Rock’s Program Associate, working on Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016. She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College, and continued her studies at the University of Chicago, where she worked on Muslim and Jewish intellectual history and wrote her doctoral dissertation on the tenth-century Iraqi stories written by a secret society known as Ikhwan Al-Safa. In Chicago, she produced and hosted the radio show Conversations with Arab activists and was Iraq Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA. She has organized demonstrations and peace vigils; translated Arabic poetry, plays, and fiction; and written for a variety of newspapers and magazines. Most recently, she began exploring issues of equality, non-violence, and peace in the classroom as an instructor in George Washington University’s Peace Studies program.

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Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and a featured writer for Other Words. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), now in its second printing, and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004), she is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. In March, 2014 Browning co-edited a special Split This Rock issue of POETRY Magazine with Don Share. She co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, now in its ninth year. She previously worked supporting socially engaged women artists with WomenArts and developing creative writing workshops with low-income women and youth with Amherst Writers & Artists. She has been a community organizer in Boston public housing and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.

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Joseph Green is Split This Rock's Acting Youth Programs Coordinator for 2016. He is the co-founder and Program Director of poetryN.O.W., an after school creative writing program working with students throughout the DC metropolitan area.  poetryN.O.W., in collaboration with Split This Rock, helped bring Louder Than a Bomb, a regional youth slam serving as a platform for young people to share their stories across boundaries, to the DMV.  poetryN.O.W. also organizes the Hyperbole, the largest individual poetry slam for high-school students in the Mid-Atlantic region. 2015 marked Joseph’s fifth return to the national team competition, this time as a representative of the DC Poetry Slam Team. He represented the Oneonta slam team in 2005 and 2006 as their Grand Slam Champion, Slam Richmond in 2009, and DC’s Beltway Poetry Slam team in 2011. He also represented DC in 2011 at the Individual Poetry Slam, ranking 16th in the world. He has over ten years experience as a professional spoken word artist and writer.

Camisha Jones is Split This Rock’s Managing Director. Camisha has over 20 years experience as a program planner at non-profits and institutions of higher education. Her work background includes facilitating dialogue across lines of difference and organizing programs focused on volunteerism, leadership development, youth enrichment, and community building in Richmond, Virginia. A 2013 National Poetry Slam participant, Camisha’s poems can be found in Rogue Agent, pluck!, the Dyer Arts Center's Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions exhibition book,and The Quarry, Split This Rock’s social justice poetry database. She is also published in Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say and Whites Won’t Ask about Racism and Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide.
M. F. Simone Roberts is the Poetry & Social Justice Fellow for Split This Rock. Roberts is an independent scholar of poetics and feminist phenomenology, a poet, editor, and activist. She is co-editor of the anthology Iris Murdoch and the Moral Imagination: Essays and author of the critical monograph A Poetics of Being-Two: Irigaray's Ethics and Post-Symbolist  Poetics. Her poems are coming soon to a journal near you. Descendant of both aristocrats and serfs, she adventures this world with her consort, Adam Silverman.
Tiana Trutna is Split This Rock's part-time Administrative Assistant. As a graduate student in a Masters in Library and Information Sciences program, Tiana is passionate about the power of literature and spoken word to empower individuals and build bridges between communities. With nearly ten years in the non-profit sector working with social justice organizations; including the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Disability Rights Activists, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and Planned Parenthood, Tiana brings a diverse array of experience in event planning, volunteer coordination and financial management.
Melissa Tuckey is a co-founder and former board member of Split This Rock who serves as the Coordinator of Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Poetry Project, editing Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press. Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel (May 2013), selected by Charles Simic for the First Book Award at ABZ Press, and Rope as Witness (chapbook: Pudding House Press, 2007).  She's a fellow at Black Earth Institute. Other honors include a Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown Winter Fellowship and artist awards from Ohio Arts Council and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  Her poems have appeared in publications such as Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Missouri Poetry Review, Ecopoetry Anthology, DC Poets Against the War Anthology, and Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, among other places. Tuckey has a background in community organizing and non-profit development, and holds an MFA from George Mason University. She currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches writing and works as an editor and writing coach. More information can be found on Melissa's website here: http://www.melissatuckey.net