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Upcoming Festivals

Capturing Fire 2016 (June 3-5)

Capturing Fire, the International Queer Spoken Word Slam, will be held June 3-5, 2016 in DC. Featured poets include Timothy DuWhite, Cathy Petch, Claudia Alick, Angelique Palmer, Johnny Trinh, and Tyler French. In addition to a series of poetry slams culminating in a final competition on June 4 crowning one poet champion, the festival includes an opening ceremony featuring poets from Beltway Poetry Quarterly's LGBTQ issue, readings, workshops, a trans performance showcase, and an showcase by awQward, the first trans and QPOC specific talent agency. Visit Capturing Fire's website for more information.

Brave New Voices (July 12-16)

Split This Rock is pleased to partner with Youth Speaks for the 19th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival  in DC. The festival will convene the most outstanding and outspoken youth poets from around the world for 5 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service and civic participation events. It will focus on redefining what it means to be an American in the 21st Century. This year Brave New Voices will electrify Washington DC and the Kennedy Center in a return to the nation's capital for the first time since it was featured on HBO in 2008. To make an event like this work it takes the help of the entire community. If you'd be interested in volunteering, please sign up online.

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (June 1 & 15)

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! 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 info@splitthisrock.org, call 202-787-5210.

Sunday Kind of Love (June 19)

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 (June 18)

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 joseph@splitthisrock.org 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.)