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Rasha Abdulhadi is Split This Rock's 10th Anniversary and Poetry Festival fellex. They are a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between family in both Damascus and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. A 2017 Poetry Foundation Incubator Fellow and 2017 Maryland State Arts Fellow in Poetry, Rasha is also a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers and Alternate ROOTS. Their work has appeared online and in print, including in Mslexia, Mizna, Room, |tap| magazine, and at They are a contributor to Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press 2017) and their first chapbook, Shell Houses, is available from The Head & The Hand Press. 
Emma Bartley is Split This Rock’s Administrative Assistant. A recent college graduate with an academic background in Literature & Creative Writing, she is passionate about poetry’s ability to empower and enlighten, and has dedicated her professional years to arts education and programming. With internship experience at the Smithsonian and The National Endowment for the Arts, and having held the Editor-in-Chief position of her university’s literary magazine, Emma is trained in the many facets of arts administration, including event planning, volunteer coordinating, and financial management.

Sarah Browning is the author of Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007). She is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. She is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Adirondack Center for Writing, and the Creative Communities Initiative. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and POETRY magazine. Since 2006, Browning has co-hosted the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. 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 an organizer in public housing communities and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.

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Joseph Green is Split This Rock's Director of Youth Programs. 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.

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Brian James Hannon is Split This Rock's Education and Youth Development Fellow. Brian currently teaches Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and English 11 at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Virginia.  Brian has been teaching English for ten years and has also taught 8th grade, 10th grade, and Advanced Placement English Language and Composition throughout his teaching career.  He received his B.A. in English and his M.A.T. in Secondary Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Brian is the co-founder of poetryN.O.W. and the sponsor of Hayfield's after school poetry program, The Poetry Slam Club.  He is also the recipient of Hayfield's prestigious Teacher of the Month Award.  In his free time, Brian is an avid Muay Thai practitioner and a film/literature enthusiast.


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Chelsea Iorlano is Split This Rock’s Assistant Youth Programs Coordinator. At Split This Rock, Chelsea draws on her personal experience as a poet and professional experiences working with youth who are under-supported to provide high quality programs to young people in the DC metro area. Chelsea believes in the power of poetry to express and celebrate difference and build power to transform individuals and communities. With an academic background in English & Creative Writing focused on poetry, Chelsea has gained experience in the nonprofit sector, including volunteer and program management at For Love of Children, and fundraising and development at Asian American LEAD. Chelsea applies her beliefs and experiences to cultivate spaces in which young people can thrive, lead, and empower their communities. In her free time, Chelsea finds joy and solace in listening to music, reading, and journaling.


Close up photo of Camisha Jones, a brown skinned Black woman whose hair is styled in twists. She wears multi-colored earrings, a necklace, and a purple v-neck dress. 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, primarily in Richmond, Virginia. Her work background includes facilitating dialogue across lines of difference and organizing programs focused on volunteerism, leadership development, youth enrichment, and community building. A 2013 National Poetry Slam participant, Camisha’s poems can be found in Beltway QuarterlyDeaf Poets SocietyTypoRogue 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. She is a recipient of a 2017 Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship from The Loft Literary Center.
India Kushner is Split This Rock’s Communications and Outreach Fellow. With her background in communications and her love of poetry, India has always appreciated the power of language to deliver strong messages across diverse platforms. She has extensive experience in marketing and online media in the non-profit world, including at the Online News Association. Her poetry has been previously published in the Corvus Review. India is a social media, marketing, and communications freelancer and currently serves as the Assisting Editor and a contributing writer of the feminist blog, Rose Water Magazine
A close up photo of India Kushner smiling against a black backdrop. M. F. Simone Roberts works as managing editor The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database and Blog This Rock. Roberts is an independent scholar of poetics and feminist phenomenology, poet, editor, and activist. Her poems appear in Revue/Post and Poets Reading the News, and soon in Literary Nest and other journals. 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. She tweets and ‘grams sporadically at @pomored.
Black and white photo of Melissa Tuckey. She is a white woman with light colored hair extending past her shoulders and pulled back at her ears. She wears a dark long sleeved shirt. Melissa Tuckey is a poet, editor, and literary activist. She’s a co-founder of Split This Rock, where she currently serves as eco-justice poetry project coordinator. She’s editor of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming with University of Georgia Press in March of 2018. Tenuous Chapel, her book of poems, was selected by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award in 2013.  Other honors include a Black Earth Institute fellowship and a winter fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems have been anthologized in DC Poets Against the War anthology, Ecopoetry, Fire and Ink: Social Action Writing and most recently in Truth to Power and recent work has appeared in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, Cutthroat, Kenyon Review, and Missouri Review. Melissa lives in Ithaca, New York.