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2015 Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (Apr. 2)

Thursday, April 2 - 6:00 to 9:00pm - The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. General $30 / Students $10. Join Split This Rock as we honor Mark Nowak and his work facilitating "poetry dialogues" among workers around the world. The Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, sponsored by the CrossCurrents Foundation, recognizes and honors a poet who is doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. The award, judged this year by Sheila Black, Martha Collins, and E. Ethelbert Miller, is being given for the second time in 2015. Finalists for the award are Black Poets Speak Out/Amanda Johnston, Mahogany Browne, Jonterri Gadson, for mobilizing poets to stand against police brutality; John Lee Clark, for his translation of ASL poetry and advocacy for poets with disabilities; and Bob Holman, for his work documenting at-risk languages. More information about the event and Mark Nowak. Buy tickets

DC Youth Slam Team Poetry Workshop - Poetry at War: Black Men in America (Apr. 13)

Monday, April 13 - 5:00 to 7:00pm - The Clarice Faculty/Staff Lounge - 4321 Hartwick Road, College Park, MD 20742. There is a systemic war on Black and Brown communities in the United States, with no accountability for the murders of unarmed young Black men by the very police sworn to protect them. Racism and unconscious biases create entirely different worlds for young Black men to navigate. In this interactive poetry workshop, the teenage poets of the award-winning Split This Rock youth program, the DC Youth Slam Team, will facilitate discussion and lead writing activities on the #BlackLivesMatter movement and their role as young, Black poets working for justice in the nation's capital. Follow @DCyouthSLAM to learn more about these amazing teenage poets who won 1st place out of 50 teams at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Recommended for aspiring poets, age 13 and up. Visit for more information. 

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Apr. 1 & 15)

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 (Apr. 19)

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 April: Brian Gilmore & Kim Roberts. More information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (Apr. 18)

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 (Apr. 24)

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.)