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Image of Sarah Browning smiling. She is a white woman with blonde hair pulled back in a ponytail. She's wearing a white button up shirt and a red sweater.

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 Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press, forthcoming 2017) and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), 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. Browning has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and POETRY magazine. Since 2006, she 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 a community organizer in Boston public housing and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.

Black and white image of Joseph Green at a microphone speaking. He is a light skinned Black man with a short hair cut wearing a checkered button up shirt and a vest and stands against a black background.

Joseph Green is Split This Rock's Youth Programs Coordinator. 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.

Brian Hannon, a white man in a close up photo of a graduation ceremony. Brian is smiling and looking directly at the camera.

 

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.

 

Chelsea Iorlano, a latino woman in a close up photo of her smiling into the camera against a tan wall.

 

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.
Photo of Simone Roberts, a white woman with red hair. She wears a grey blouse with an open darker grey suit jacket over it. 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.
A close up photo of Tiana Trutna smiling. She is a white woman whose hair is brown and extends just beneath her ear. Tiana Trutna is Split This Rock's part-time Programs and Administrative Associate. 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.
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.