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Upcoming Events

Recreative Spaces Teen Poetry Slam (DCYST Qualifier #8)

Saturday, February 6 - 6 to 8pm - Recreative Spaces, 3501 Perry Street, Mount Rainer, MD (83 Bus from Rhode Island Ave Metro). Cost: $1 (teens), $5 (adults).  The team is open to all current middle and high school students in the DMV area, and in the summer will represent our region at regional and international poetry slam festivals. Follow the team @DCyouthSLAM and @Split This Rock.

Semi-Finals for the 2016 DC Youth Slam Team

Friday, February 19 - 4:30-6:30pm - Smithsonian National Potrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, 8th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC (Chinatown Metro). Free and open to the public, watch the top 20 teen poets compete for a spot at Finals! Follow the team @DCyouthSLAM and @Split This Rock.

Recurring Events

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

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm (There is no workshop on December 16) - Split This Rock Office, Institute for Policy Studies 6th Floor Conference Room, 1112 16th 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! 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 (February 21)

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 (February 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 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.)


Abortion Rights Contest - Deadline: January 22, 2016

Each year, the Abortion Care Network (ACN), a national organization of independent abortion providers and prochoice supporters, and Split This Rock host an Abortion Rights Poetry Contest in conjunction with ACN's annual conference. The contest is free to enter and open to poets from any part of the U.S. We are pleased to share that our panel of judges this year will feature Sonya Renee Taylor, award-winning poet, activist, and founder of The Body is Not An Apology, a global coalition focused on radical self love and body empowerment. Deadline to submit is January 22, 2016. Visit the Abortion Rights Contest web page or Split This Rock's Submittable page for more information.

Upcoming Festivals

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 (January – March 2016)

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street, and celebrate the free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Join us as we stand in solidarity with the people of Iraq who have endured so much and with people at home and abroad who are unable to make their voices heard. More information is available on the festival website.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness (April 14-17, 2016)

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness invites poets, activists, poetry lovers, and dreamers to Washington, DC, April 14-17, 2016 for four days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, activism—opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change. Split This Rock Poetry Festival is DC’s premiere poetry event and the only festival of its kind in the country, highlighting poets working at the intersection of the imagination and social change. For more information, visit the festival web page.