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Upcoming Events

Events listed below in the following categorize (click on the headings with links to jump to your desired category):

Special Events

PRINT (Poets Reclaiming Immigrant Narratives & Texts) Writing Workshop Series

Split This Rock is pleased to serve as host for PRINT (Poets Reclaiming Immigrant Narratives & Texts), a six-week poetry workshop series centering the voices of immigrants, refugees, and first-generation Americans. Facilitated by Trinidadian poet Daria-Ann Martineau, the series is for migrants who wish to speak to their own experiences and share their stories amidst the current cultural landscape. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, 6-8 pm from October 4 through November 8, 2018. Suggested donation of $20 for the series. Space is limited. Sign up online


Contests, Awards, and Submission Opportunities

2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest

Split This Rock’s 2019 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest, judged by Franny Choi, is open for submissions. Now in its 12th year, the annual poetry contest, renamed in 2017, serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. Winning poems are published on Split This Rock's website and in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database. The 1st place recipient receives $500 and the 2nd and 3rd place recipients receive $250 each. All prize winners will receive free festival registration, and the 1st place recipient will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020. The deadline to submit is November 1, 2018. Entry fee is $20, supporting Split This Rock’s work to bring poetry to the center of public life. Learn more on the contest webpage.

Recurring Events

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

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - 1301 Connecticut St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Split This Rock 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 6:50 pm. Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. For more information, email or call 202-787-5210

Upcoming workshop facilitators:

  • Daria-Ann Martineau - October 17
  • Leeya Mehta - November 7
  • Marlena Chertock - December 5
  • Jaci Bengfort - December 19 

Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series (October 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. 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 on the day of the event or at the door, if still available. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.

Youth Open Mic (DC) - Every 3rd Saturday (October 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. Sponsored by Split This Rock Youth Programs and Busboys and Poets. Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.