Elizabeth Acevedo is the 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 and is currently an MFA candidate at the 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.
|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.|
|Camisha Jones is Split This Rock’s Managing Director. Camisha has close to 20 years experience as a program planner at non-profits and institutions of higher education. Camisha is also a writer and spoken word artist who earned a spot on the 2013 Slam Richmond team and is a contributing writer for Let’s Get Real: What People of Color Can’t Say and Whites Won’t Ask about Racism by Lee Mun Wah. Camisha’s writing is heavily influenced by her work facilitating dialogue across lines of difference and organizing programs focused on volunteerism, leadership development, youth enrichment and diversity in Richmond, Virginia.|
|Pages Matam is Assistant Coach of Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. An poet/emcee originally from Cameroon, Africa, Pages' features have included The Kennedy Center; colleges and universities such as Columbia University; & BETJ Lyric Café. He has touched stages with the likes of Ainsley Burrows, Oveous Maximus, opened for Raheem DeVaughn, Afrika Bambaata, and many others. In addition to winning multiple local slams, he is also the 2010 & 2012 DC Grand Slam Champion, a host at Busboys and Poets, and co-host of GraffitiDC Slam Series. Pages' is a winner of the 2013 Write Bloody New Author Award and his first book,The Heart of the Comet, was released in 2014.|
|Jonathan B. Tucker is Split This Rock's Youth Programs Coordinator. He lives and works in Washington, DC, melding art and activism with his work as a performer and educator. A poet, teacher, DJ, and activist, Jonathan is very passionate about youth development and the use of art as a means to connect with people. He has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam twice on the Busboys and Poets Slam Team (he also hosts events at Busboys and other venues) and is frequently working in schools, universities and community organizations performing and facilitating workshops. He uses performance poetry to raise issues of social justice and inspire dialogue and action. His book, I Got the Matches, and other poems are available at jonathanbtucker.com.|