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Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the January event features Rasha Abdulhadi and Lauren May! An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month (January 20)

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009

Cost: $5 (Tickets can be purchased online on the day of the event via Busboys and Poets' Eventbrite page. As available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.)  

Transition News: This month, Sarah Browning and Katy Richey will host Sunday Kind of Love for the last time and turn over the reigns to Interim Executive Director Rasha Abdulhadi and DC Youth Slam Team alumna Lauren May. As a way to introduce and welcome the new hosts, Rasha and Lauren will be featured poets.


January's Sunday Kind of Love features Rasha Abdulhadi and Lauren May!

Photo collage of Rasha Abdulhadi and Lauren May.

Rasha Abdulhadi is a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus, Syria and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. Rasha's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Plume, Mslexia, Mizna, Room, |tap| magazine, and is anthologized in Halal if You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019), Stoked Words (Capturing Fire, 2018), and the Hugo-nominated collection Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press, 2017). Rasha has received fellowships from The Poetry Foundation Emerging Poets Incubator and Maryland State Arts Council and is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers and Alternate ROOTS. Their first chapbook, Shell Houses, is available from The Head & The Hand Press. Rasha is Split This Rock's incoming Executive Director. 

Lauren (Lo) May is a writer, artist, host, human rights advocate, and french fry enthusiast who was born in DC, and raised in Maryland. An alumna of the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team, Lauren is a Split This Rock Teaching Artist and part of the organization's Ushindi Performance Group. She traveled to South Africa as a part of a Sister Cities International Arts Program to perform and teach poetry. Her poetry speaks to personal struggles and triumph, mental health, social problems, and the celebration of life (and french fries). She has featured as a guest speaker at Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault's 10th Annual Women of Color Network Conference, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, and The White House United State of Women Summit. She has also featured as a performance artist at George Washington University, the University of Miami, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and many more.


February 17: Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs

March 17: (Poetry Coalition Theme: What Is It Then Between Us? Poetry & Democracy): Sheila Black & Emmy Pérez


Watch this video from the reading on March 19, 2017 which featured a special theme of migration as part the Because We Come From Everything Campaign.



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