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2016 Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Gather with us in our nation’s capital for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness -- four days of readings, workshops, discussions, youth voices & activism. The festival will take place April 14-17, 2016.

It is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. – Audre Lorde

Collage of 4 images from Split This Rock's 2014 festival - a man sharing a poem with cupped outstretched hands at the Vietnamese poetry reading, a woman outside at a microphone looking up hopefully at the sky at the public action, a woman in a trench coat standing outside at a microphone at the public action, a young man at microphone wearing a Split This Rock t-shirt at a featured poet reading. Text says 2016 Split This rock Poetry Festival and other event details.You are invited to our nation’s capital for a festival celebrating poetry of witness and resistance. More and more, we understand the ways that issue areas converge: earth justice requires economic and racial justice; LGBT rights and gender equality intertwine; freedom is indivisible. Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016 offers opportunities to explore these intersections, examining the ways that poetry can help us understand connections and build alliances necessary to imagine and construct another world.

The festival will feature some of the most visionary and powerful voices of our time, representing the dynamic diversity of our world: Amal Al-Jubouri, Jennifer Bartlett, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Regie Cabico, Dominique Christina, Martha Collins, Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rigoberto González, Linda Hogan, Dawn Lundy Martin, Craig Santos Perez, and Ocean Vuong. Visit the Featured Poets page to read more about our fabulous line up for 2016.

We're thrilled to also share that Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, will kick off the festival with a special event at the Library of Congress on April 13, and will be part of this gathering of socially engaged poets from his position as a national spokesperson for poetry. Read more about Juan Felipe Herrera's appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate at the Library of Congress' website.

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THINGS TO KNOW

Online Registration is OPEN until March 31, after which on-site registration will be available at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036) on Thursday, April 14 (8:30am to 5:30pm), Friday, April 15 (8:30am to 5:30pm) and Saturday, April 16 (8:30am to 4pm).

EARLY BIRD RATES are available until Sunday, February 14, 2016!

Accessible Registration
While we prefer online registration, if the online form is not accessible to you, it is available to be downloaded as a hard copy in Word or as a PDF.

Readings, Panels & Workshops
For a full list of session descriptions visit Workshops & Readings and Panel & Roundtable Discussions pages. Be on the lookout for the launching of the festival mobile app as well, where you'll be able to access information by searching for "Split This Rock" on your smartphone.

Activism
At every festival, we take poetry to the streets of the nation’s capital to demand a new world based on justice. Visit the Public Action page for more information.

Share Your Poetry
The festival will include several open mic events. 

Party
Join fellow poets for food, drink, and dancing at the Saturday night reading after-party, hosted by Dark Noise Collective and Busboys and Poets.

Hotel
We are happy to partner with the Beacon Hotel to offer special discounted rates to festival participants. Located at 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW in DC, the Beacon Hotel is a short walk to all of the festival venues. To book your stay at the Beacon, click here and reserve your room(s) no later than Monday, March 14, 2016. Make your reservation early as space is limited and sells out quickly.

Accessibility
Split This Rock values individuals of all abilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all. The festival’s venues and hotel were selected with accessibility in mind, to ensure that people with mobility disabilities can attend. Large print program books will be available at the festival by request. If you have questions or suggestions or would like to request accommodation for a particular need, please contact Camisha Jones at camisha@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210. 

Volunteer
We depend on volunteers to make the festival a success! Those who help for 5 or more hours receive free registration to the festival. To submit an application to volunteer with Split This Rock, click here.

Scholarships
Split This Rock is happy to offer a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of registration for people who would not otherwise be able to attend Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016. To apply for a scholarship, click here and submit the form by March 31. For further information, contact Camisha Jones at 202-787-5210 or camisha@splitthisrock.org.

Group Rates
For information on reduced rates for groups of 8 or more, please contact Tiana Trutna at 202-787-5210 or tiana@splitthisrock.org.

Sponsor the Festival
Split This Rock Poetry Festival is only possible through the generosity of those who support it! Festival sponsors help ensure that featured poet readings remain free, that festival registration is economical, and that scholarships are available to anyone who needs one. If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in investing in the event, visit our Sponsoring page for more information. We are grateful!

For More Information
Check the menu to the right for more festival information. Answers to many of your questions may also be found on the FAQ page. Connect with us on our blog, where you'll find a series of interviews with the 2016 festival featured poets. Visit Split This Rock's Youtube channel to watch videos from past festivals. Go through the website to learn more about Split This Rock or make a donation.