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Poetry Workshop led by Linda Hogan - September 14

Sept. 14  - 2-4:30 pm - 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036.  As part of George Mason University's annual Fall for the Book festival, Split This Rock is offering several events featuring Linda Hogan as well as a panel discussion on poetic & intellectual freedom. LINDA HOGAN a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, and activist, is widely considered to be one of the most influential and provocative Native American figures in the contemporary American literary landscape, and is an internationally recognized public speaker. Her most recent collection of poems was released this year: Dark.Sweet.  It costs $25 but scholarships are available. Register here.

Linda Hogan Reading (DC) - September 14

Sept. 14 - 6:30-8 pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, Washington DC.  Split This Rock hosts Chickasaw poet Hogan for a reading and discussion of her work, including poems from her latest collection, Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poems. Please note that this is a ticketed event: $5 per person, with proceeds benefitting Split This Rock. For more information, click here.

Linda Hogan Reading (VA) - September 15

Sept. 15 - 4:30-5:45 pm - George Mason University Johnson Ctr. Plaza, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030.  The Chickasaw poet, former Writer in Residence for The Chickasaw Nation, and Professor Emerita from the University of Colorado shares selections from her work, including poems from her latest collection, Dark. Sweet. New and Selected Poems. Sponsored by Split This Rock. It is free. More information is available here.

Poetic and Intellectual Freedom: A Panel Discussion - September 16

Sept. 16 - 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm - Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center Plaza, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a literary and visual arts project with cultural festivals planned for January-March 2016 at George Mason University and throughout the area. Exhibits, readings, films, and numerous interactive public programs will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street. In advance of that project, panelists draw on their own experiences to speak about the value of a free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Panelists include Elliott Colla, author of Baghdad Central and director of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University; Sumaiya Hamdani, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at George Mason University; Sarah Browning, director of Split This Rock; Zein El-Amine of Maryland’s Young Scholars Program and assistant director of the Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House at the University of Maryland; and Mousa Al-Nasseri, a merchant from Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, Iraq. The panel will be moderated by Helen Frederick and Terry P. Scott.  It is free.  For more information, click here.

Split This Rock House Party - September 20

Sept. 20 - 3-5pm - Address will accompany RSVP confirmation. Hosted by Andy and Marjan Shallal, this event will be the first in a monthly series spreading the word about the work of Split This Rock. Come to have fun but also to hear why others choose to invest in Split This Rock and consider joining with them. Click here to RSVP!

Ongoing Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday - starting September 3

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, starting Sept. 3 - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036.  Starting September 3rd, Split This Rock and The Beltway Poetry Slam will be hosting bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. Just come ready to write! Only $5! Please bring cash or check made out to "Split This Rock." 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, or check out the Facebook page here.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space - September 9

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30pm - Martin Luther King Library Teen Space, 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   Teens should feel free to stop by and create in a group dynamic for a ew hours.  It does not matter if you have a little or a lot of experience: just bring yourself and a pen.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday - September 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 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 - Every 3rd Sunday - September 21

Sept. 21- 5-7pm - Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC. 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 here or at the door, if still available. Featured Artists:T.J. Jarett & Hermine Pinson

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic - September 26

Every last Friday from 5pm – 8pm - 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.)