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Upcoming Events

DC Youth Slam Team Qualifying Slam Season

The DC Youth Slam Team uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With annual travel to regional and national poetry slam festivals such as Brave New Voices, the team provides outstanding opportunities, training, and a platform for talented youth to develop their writing, performance, and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and teaching artists. The team is a year-long program for students in DC and the surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia (affectionately called the DMV area). Students must currently be enrolled in middle or high school and live in the area to be eligible for the team. Tickets are $5 at the door or FREE

Saturday, October 15, 5-7 pm | $5 | Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001 | Facebook event page

Friday, October 28, 5:30-8:30 pm | FREE | Real Talk DC, 651 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003 | Facebook event page (link goes live Oct. 14 @ 1 pm)

Thursday, November 10, 6:30-8 pm | FREE | THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20020 | Facebook event page (link goes live Oct. 27 @ 1 pm)

Sunday, November 13, 5-7 pm | $5 | Busboys and Poets, 251 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206 | Facebook event page (link goes live Oct. 31 @ 1 pm)

Friday, November 18, 5-7 pm | FREE | Real Talk DC, 651 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003 | Facebook event page (link goes live Nov. 4 @ 1 pm)

Saturday, December 10, 3-4 pm | FREE | Project Create (Anacostia), 2028 MLK Jr. Ave., SE, Washington DC | Facebook event page (link goes live Nov. 28 @ 1 pm)

Sunday, December 17, 5-7 pm | $5 | Busboys and Poets, 251 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206 | Facebook event page (link goes live Dec. 5 @ 1 pm)

Saturday, January 21, 4-6 pm | FREE | Washington Peace Center, 1525 Newton St., NW, Washington, DC 20010 | Facebook event page (link goes live Jan. 3 @ 1 pm)

Poetry Contests & Submissions

2017 Split This Rock Annual Poetry Contest - Submit by November 1

Split This Rock’s Tenth Annual Poetry Contest, judged by Sheila Black, is now open for submissions! Each year, the contest serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Submissions should be in the spirit of Split This Rock: socially engaged poems, poems that reach beyond the self to connect with the larger community or world; poems of provocation and witness. Contestants may submit up to 3 poems and there is a $20 reading fee benefiting Split This Rock’s 2018 Poetry Festival. For more information on guidelines and prizes, visit the 2017 Poetry Contest web page or Submittable. Deadline: November 1, 2016.

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (November 2 & 16)

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm  - Split This Rock Office, Institute for Policy Studies 6th Floor Conference Room, 1301 Connecticut St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036. Venue is wheelchair accessible. 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. FREE! Just come ready to write! Please note the building doors will be locked when you arrive. A volunteer will be available to let people in until 6:45pm. If you arrive and no volunteer is in the lobby, text/call 202-445-0536 to be let in. 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 (November 20)

Sunday Kind of Love is held monthly on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm -  Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009. 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. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (November 19)

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 Joseph Green (Youth Programs Coordinator, DC Youth Slam Team) and teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team.  Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets. Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops

Stay tuned for more information on the weekly writing workshop schedule! Workshops are free and open to all teens. For more information, email Joseph Green at or visit the Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team Facebook page. 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.)