Festival Special Events
Thursday, April 14 | 10 pm-11:30 pm | Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, Washington DC 20009. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
Friday, April 15 | 10 pm-12 pm | Busboys and Poets, 1025 K St., NW, Washington DC 20001. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
Have some poetry you would like to share? Admission is FREE for festival registrants, $5 for non-registrants paid at the door. Sign up list to perform available at the entrance.
Friday, April 15 | 9:45 am-11 am | Human Rights Campaign, Equality Forum, 1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036.
Join us for Poetry in the Streets! We'll be countering hate and fear with displays of poetry. Bring Poems of Love & Welcome for the Public Action!
In the past year, we've witnessed a terrifying rise in the rhetoric of hate and fear. Public figures are driving us apart, scapegoating immigrants and refugees, demonizing our Islamic sisters and brothers, demeaning anyone who does not fit their notion of an American. From 10 to 11 am Friday, we'll flash mob downtown DC with poems of love and welcome. From street corners, we'll read poems to passersby and pass out copies, too. Washington, DC, awash in love!
Bring a poem of love and welcome to read - of your own or one you admire. We'll also have poems from Split This Rock's new social justice poetry database, The Quarry, if you'd rather read one of those. And we'll have lots of copies of those to distribute. Details about of where, when, and how, plus public policy recommendations here. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
Social Justice Book Fair
Saturday, April 16 | 10 am-3:30 pm | Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, 17 & M St., NW, Washington DC 20036.Learn more on the Facebook event page.
Hosted in collaboration with the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, the Social Justice Book Fair will feature over 30 socially engaged organizations, progressive presses, literary magazines, and independent newspapers!
Saturday, April 16 | 10 am-3:30 pm | Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives, 17 & M St., NW, Washington DC 20036.
Learn more on the Facebook event page.
The FLO(W)TUS Party
Saturday, April 16 | 10:30 pm-1 am | Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St., NW, Washington DC 20009. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
Co-hosted by the Dark Noise Collective and Busboys and Poets, this festive Michelle Obama-themed event will include music by DJ Mane Squeeze, a short program of kick-ass poets, light refreshments, mingling, and dancing!
As festival registrants, you get to attend the party for free! RSVP is required on Eventbrite or the Busboys and Poets website. You recieved an email from us with the subject line "A Few Last Details...". The code to RSVP for free is in that email. Follow links via the Facebook event page to access these RSVP resources.The party is open to the public so invite your friends! Cost is only $10.