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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

Upshur Street Books and Split This Rock Present the BreakBeat Poets (May 28)

Thursday, May 28 - 7pm, Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC, 20011. Upshur Street Books and Split This Rock are delighted to present poets Kevin Coval, Tammy Job and Nate Marshall from the anthology, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall, and published by Haymarket Books). There will be fantastic poetry, refreshments, and books! Visit the Facebook event page for more information about the event. Learn more about the BreakBeat Poets at

Split This Rock at Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power (May 28-31)

Fighting Inequality is a joint conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association and the Working-Class Studies Association, hosted by Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. The event is from May 28-31 at Georgetown University, must register to attend. Split This Rock is participating in the following panels and events during the conference:

  • Banquet (May 29), Friday, May 29, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Georgetown University, $30. More information. A banquet featuring musicians and writers from the conference, followed by an open-mic hosted by Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning!
  • Arts as Activism Panel (May 30), Saturday, May 30, 1:30-3:00pm, Georgetown University. More informationA panel featuring labor journalist and photographer David Bacon, Words Beats & Life Executive Director Mazi Mutafa, Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning. The panel will be moderated by Labor Network for Sustainability Executive Director Joseph B. Uehlein.
  • Narrative and Class Identity (May 30), Saturday, May 30, 3:30-5:00pm, Georgetown University. More information about this panel. This panel will present three initiatives that explore how narrative reveals the lived experience of social class and supports activism. Featuring speakers from First in our Families Digital Storytelling Project, Class Lives Anthology, and Split This Rock Managing Director Camisha Jones. 

Split This Rock and Poets & Writers Present Writing Workshop led by Paul Tran at Capturing Fire Queer Spoken Word Summit & Slam  - Open to All - (June 6)

Saturday, June 6, 1:00 - 3:00pm, The DC Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, #105, Washington, DC, $10 or free with $50 Capturing Fire Pass or $75 Slam Registration.  "Optical Illusion: The Image as Poetic Force" is a generative writing workshop which will examine "the image" as a rigorous poetic force. Using examples from womyn of color poets Natalie Diaz and Cathy Linh Che, participants will discuss an image's ability to push a story, feeling, or idea forward. We will investigate what is "seen" and "unseen" in an image, what's "inside" and "outside," who or what is looking at and being looked upon, and what is hiding in plain sight. Lastly, we will draw inspiration from "the selfie" to write and share original work. Please come prepared to talk, get dirty, and have fun. Paul Tran is a Vietnamese American historian and spoken word poet. He won "Best Poet" and "Pushing the Art Forward" at the national college poetry slam, as well as awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Poets House, Lambda Literary, VONA, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work can be found in CURA: A Literary Magazine for Art & Action, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, cream city review, and RHINO, which selected him for the 2015 Editor's Prize. Since 2013, Paul has taught the Untitlement Project at New Urban Arts in Providence, Rhode Island, and coached the Brown University, Barnard College & Columbia University, and Providence youth slam teams. He currently lives in New York City, where he's writing his first book and working at New York University. $10 tickets now available!

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (June 3 & 17)

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 (June 21)

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 June: José Ballesteros & Sheila Maldonado. More information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (June 20)

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

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 (June 26)

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.)