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DC Youth Slam Team Qualifying Poetry Slams @ ReCreative Spaces (Jan. 24)

Saturday, January 10 & January 24 - 6:00 to 9:00pm - ReCreative Spaces, 1613 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018. Come witness and participate in a poetry slam! The winners qualify for a chance to be on the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team. Email to sign up or get more info. Tickets are $2 for youths; $5 for adults, and will be available at the door.

Just AART & Poetry Power Tour Party (Jan. 30)

Friday, January 30 - 9:00pm to 12:00amReCreative Spaces, 1613 Rhode Islande Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20018. Teen poets from Virginia's Hampton Roads Slam Team join up with Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team for a concert and party in Washington, DC. There will be food, drinks, prizes, full free art supply station, DJ, dancing, games, and performances. This event is free and open to all poetry-loving friends.

Semi-Finals for the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team (Feb. 7)

Saturday, February 7 - 5:00 to 8:00pm - National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 8th & F St, NW, Washington, DC 20001. The 24 teenage poets competing at Semi-Finals have qualified for the DC Youth Slam Team and will perform in two rounds of poetry slam. This event will be free and open to the poetry loving public.

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. 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. Tickets go on sale in February. 

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Jan. 21)

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. Just come ready to write! Only $5! Please bring cash or check made out to "Split This Rock." 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, or check out the Facebook event page.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (Jan. 17)

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 Januaryr: Zayy Capone.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (Feb. 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 February: Bettina Judd & Ailish Hopper.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space 

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - Martin Luther King Library Room 221, 901 G St, NW, Washington, DC.  The library is accessible by the Gallery Pl/ Chinatown metro station.  Workshops are free and open to all teens.  For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at   Teens should feel free to stop by and create in a group dynamic for a few hours.  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 (Jan. 30)

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.)