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Upcoming Events

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30pm at Martin Luther King Library Teen Space, located at 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

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW in 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 here.

Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic featuring Michelle Chan Brown, Kate Gale & Douglas Kearney - August 17

Sunday August 17, 5pm - 7pm at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Cost: $5. Featuring Michelle Chan Brown, Kate Gale, & Douglas Kearney. Co-hosted by Sarah Browning & Katy Richey. Co-sponsored by Busboys and Poets and Split This Rock.  Purchase tickets and learn more here.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic - August 22

Every last Friday from 5pm – 8pm at Freestyle Youth Center, 651 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 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.)

National Book Festival Youth Poetry Slam - August 30

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Poetry & Prose Pavillion at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.  The slam—a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel—will include the District of Columbia’s top youth slam groups: the DC Youth Slam Team and Louder Than a Bomb DMV. Champion delegates from both groups will compete to be named the city’s top youth slammer, by performing new works on the subject of books and reading. The event is a collaboration among the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock. Judges will include national and international slam champion Gayle Danley, Tajuja Desai Hidier, author of "Born Confused," and Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin. The emcee for the slam will be Beltway Grand Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo. Full festival schedule and other details here.