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Call for Proposals - Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Provocation & Witness 2016 (June 30)

Tuesday, June 30  - The fifth biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Provocation & Witness from April 14-17, 2016 is accepting proposals for workshops, panel or roundtable discussions, and themed group readings.  The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2015.  For specific guidelines and to submit, please visit: If you have questions, please email us at Check out past festival programs here. We look forward to reading your proposal!

Special Events

Louder Than a Bomb-DMV Teen Poetry Slam Finals Featuring Danez Smith and Azania to DC South African Poets (May 2)

Saturday, May 2 from 7:00 to 9:30pm, University of DC - Theatre of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20008, Tickets starting at $5. After two full weeks of poetry festivals, performances, open mics, film screenings, and slams, it is finally time for the Louder Than a Bomb- DMV Teen Poetry Slam Finals where one team will be crowned champion! Visit the event Facebook page for more information! LTAB-DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival is a joint venture between poetryN.O.W. and Split This Rock, with generous support from Busboys and Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Part of the global Louder Than a Bomb network, LTAB-DMV is one of many regional LTAB's across the world working with Young Chicago Authors to bring their successful after-school team poetry slam program to teenagers everywhere. For more information about LTAB-DMV, visit the LTAB-DMV website.

Don Share Poetry Reading at Upshur Street Books (Apr. 29)

Wednesday, April 29 - 7:00pm - Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Join us for poetry, discussion, and refreshments! Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems for Faber and Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández, awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, were recently published in a revised and expanded edition by New York Review Books. His other books include Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), Squandermania (Salt), and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine(University of Chicago Press), co-edited with Christian Wiman. RSVP on Facebook. Visit Don's Blog!

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (May 6 & 20)

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036.  Split This Rock, in collaboration with The Beltway Poetry Slam, hosts bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. The Writing Workshops are now FREE! Just come ready to write! Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. For more information, email, call 202-787-5210.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (May 17)

Held monthly on the 3rd sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington DC. Cost: $5. Every month, Split This Rock partners with Busboys and Poets to bring you Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic. Hosted by Sarah Browning and Katy Richey, the event offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Purchase tickets online or at the door, if still available. Featured poets for May: Abdul Ali & celeste doaks. More information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday 

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW, Washington DC.  Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock.  Hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker (Coach, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. More info at Busboys and Poets website. Featured poets for April: Vangi & Flex.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops 

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - 1112 16th St NW, 6th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC.  Accessible by the Farragut West or North metro station.  Workshops are free and open to all teens.  For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at It does not matter if you have a little or a lot of experience: just bring yourself and a pen.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic 

Every last Friday from 5 to 8:00pm - Freestyle Youth Center, 651 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, Washington DC. A youth open mic series open to all with free giveaways, free condoms, free HIV testing, and an open mic! Presented by RealTalkDC & Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team. (Note: Adult language may be used.)