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Climate Justice Event Series - April 2017

Who owns the earth? Haki R. Madhubti asks this question in his poem by the same title, a question that seems all the more relevant in the age of Trump. Inspired by a discussion of this question led by poet Brian Gilmore at Split This Rock's 2016 festival, we present a week-long series of poetry, activism, education, and writing activities. We offer the following schedule of events as part of Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Project and in complement to the Peoples Climate Movement's March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice on April 29. Poetry is resistance. Rise up. Resist. Protect. Persist.

Who Owns the Earth: Climate Justice Poetry Reading
Tuesday, April 25, 6-8 pm (FREE) 
Orleans Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 1303 Orleans St., Baltimore, MD

Photo collage of Gowri, Melissa, Hayes, Ailish, Split This Rock's logo, and Chris August

A poetry reading of poets and local environmental justice activists including Chris August, Hayes Davis, Ailish Hopper, Gowri Koneswaran, and Melissa Tuckey. Visit the Facebook event page to connect on social media.

Be Part of a Poetry Installation!
Thursday, April 27, Evening Rush Hour (FREE to participate)
Penn Station, 1500 North Charles St.,  Baltimore, MD

Abstract image of a circle sitting on the waves of water beneath a sun. The circle is mad up of different kinds of people, plants, and buildings.

Join with area activists to hold signs bearing eco-justice poetry at Penn Station during rush hour on Thursday, April 27. For more questions and to learn more about timing and where to meet, contact Melissa Tuckey at

Challenging the U.S. War on Atmosphere: How We Fight Back
Friday, April 28, 6:30-9:30 pm (FREE but registration necessary)
St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St., NW, Washington, DC

Logo for Challenging the U.S. War on the Atmosphere event. Includes a green earth with various green images on top of that such as a bicycle and a windmill. Above that, where there would be sky, is a photgraphic image of cracked tan earth next to faded light green grass.

Be part of this dynamic teach-in offered as a prelude to the People’s Climate March (PCM) to explore concrete ways we can advance a just climate agenda and roll back the extractive economy. Through creative interaction, this teach-in will engage, teach, entertain, and inspire climate justice activists to go back from the march and take action in our communities. DC and Maryland environmental justice issues will be emphasized.

Featured speakers include Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP; Jordan Estevao, Senior Strategist, People’s Action; and Lyn Taylor, Coordinator, Marylanders for Energy Democracy and Affordability (MEDA). Split This Rock's Melissa Tuckey will lead a Haiku workshop. Learn more and register at the Institute for Policy Studies website. Visit the Facebook event page to connect via social media.

Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies’ Climate Policy Program and New Economy Maryland project, Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Project, New Economy Coalition, and more TBA.

Split This Rock Climate Justice Open Mic
Saturday, April 29, 6:30-8:30 pm (FREE)
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St., NW, Washington, DC

Collage featuring images of Teri Cross Davis, Heather Davis, Alan King, and Dan Vera

The evening of the People's Climate March for Jobs and Justice, Split This Rock is hosting an eco-justice poetry reading and open mic. Featured poets include: Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Heather Davis, Alan King, Dan Vera, and Sarah Browning. Bring a poem in response to the Trumpapocalypse! Raise your voice for the air, the water, soil, animals, present and future generations! Let's make a ruckus for our one good planet and a future shared by all. Visit the Facebook event page to connect on social media.

Poetry in a time of Climate Crisis: a Generative Writing Workshop led by Melissa Tuckey
Sunday, April 30, 1-4 pm (Cost: $25. Space is limited. Register online by Friday, April 29.)
Split This Rock, 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC

Photo of Melissa Tuckey wearing a purple long sleeved shirt. She sits sideways with her face looking over her right shoulder towards the camera. Her shoulder length gray heair is tucked behind her righ ear.

During the second world war German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote, “One cannot write poems about trees when the forest is full of police.” Here we are now, in the age of environmental crisis, when our woods are filled with police, and our very air, water, soil, and climate are under attack. How do we respond to this challenge in our poems? 

In this generative workshop, we’ll look to poems that hold both environmental consciousness and acknowledgement of who is most at risk. We’ll write furiously and with a lot of love towards what sustains us. We’ll recognize interconnections. We’ll witness, grieve, and rage, and our work together will ultimately bend toward hope. Bring your “witness eye” and favorite writing implements.

Open to all writing levels. Though we’ll be working with examples of poetry as writing prompts, both poets and prose writers are welcome to participate. Register online by Friday, April 29. Visit the Facebook event page to connect via social media.

If the online registration form is inaccessible to you, contact us at or 202-787-5210 and we will gladly provide an alternate method of signing up.