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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here - A Commemorative Reading (Mar. 4)

Wednesday, March 4 - 6:30 to 9:00pm - Brookland Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC. Readings by Sarah Browning, Casey Smith, Mousa Al-Nasseri, Robert Obayda, Elliott Colla, Rawan Alferaehy and E. Ethelbert Miller. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the DC area, in commemoration of the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic bookselling street. Visit the event Facebook for more information.

Grand Slam Finals for the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team (Mar. 7)

Saturday, March 7 - 6:00 to 9:00pm - Arena Stage, 1101 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20024, $15 in advance / $20 at the door. The grand finale poetry slam for the top teenage spoken word poets in the DC area competing to become part of the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team. Featuring international slam champion and award-winning poet Gayle Danley. More information available on the event page. Tickets available at Eventbrite. RSVP on Facebook!

Sholeh Wolpé Reading at Upshur Street Books (Mar. 19)

Wednesday, March 19 - 7:00pm - Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. FREE. Sholeh Wolpé is a poet, writer, editor and literary translator whose work transcends the boundaries of language, gender, ethnicity and nationality. Born in Iran, she spent most of her teen years in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. She currently lives in Los Angeles. For more information on the event, visit the event Facebook page. To learn more about Sholeh and her works, visit her website

Tim Seibles Workshop - Living in Color: Writing Through the Lens of Race (Mar. 25)

Wednesday, March 25 - 5:30 to 7:30pm - Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St, NW, Washington, DC 20012. FREE. In this workshop, attendees will briefly examine a few poems that address the experience of living with skin color in this society, then discuss the need for and potential of such writing. This will be followed by writing exercises that will facilitate honest engagement with the subject from many perspectives. Because all people are affected by racialized thinking, it is Tim's hope that people from all across the color spectrum will attend. For more information about Tim, visit the Poetry Foundation. Presented by Split This Rock and the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Maryland, as part of At War With Ourselves, a major event scheduled for September, 2015, marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. More information available at the Clarice Smith Center's website.

Tim Seibles Reading at Upshur Street Books (Mar. 26)

Thursday, March 27 - 6:30pm - Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. FREE. Tim Seibles, born in Philadelphia in 1955, is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Hammerlock, and Buffalo Head Solos.  His first book, Body Moves, (1988) has just been re-released by Carnegie Mellon U. Press as part of their Contemporary Classics series.  His latest, Fast Animal, was one of five poetry finalists for the 2012 National Book Award.  In 2013 he received the Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for poetry and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University for his literary accomplishments. Most recently, he received the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award for Fast Animal, given triennially for a collection of poems. More information about the reading is available at the event Facebook page. Learn more about Tim and his work at the Poetry Foundation

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Mar. 4 & Mar. 18)

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 info@splitthisrock.org, call 202-787-5210, or check out the Facebook event page for March 4.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (Mar. 15)

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 March: Oliver de la Paz & L. Lamar Wilson.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (March 21)

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 poet for March: Konshens.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops - CANCELLED UNTIL MARCH 10

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 tucker@splitthisrock.org. 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.)