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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. The festival will feature some of the most visionary and powerful voices of our time, representing the dynamic diversity of our world.

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.

Registration for Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016 is now OPEN. Sign up on our mailing list to stay informed! For information on group rates, contact us at 202-787-5210 or

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.

We're thrilled to 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.

Visit the Featured Poets page to read about our fabulous line up for 2016!