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100,000 Poets for Change Open Mic Featuring the DC Youth Slam Team - September 27

Oct. 27  - 10am-1:00pm - Wilson High School 3950 Chesapeake St, NW,  Washington, DC 20016 A demonstration/celebration of poetry, art and music to promote social, environmental, and political change. Join us out front of Wilson High for an open mic where we will raise our voices and our poetry for social change. Free and open to the public. Accessible by Tenleytown/AU Metro. For more information, click here. For the facebook event, click here.

Raise Up Project - September 28

Sept. 28 - 6-8:00pm - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566. This event features Black Thought, legendary DJ Questlove, special guests Russell Simmons and Rosario Dawson and finally a performance by the 2014 Champions of Brave New Voices the DC Youth Slam Team. Tickets are FREE on a first come first served basis. For more information, click here.

Author Talk: Pages Matam and The Heart of a Comet - October 9

Oct. 9 - 5:30-7:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036. Split This Rock will celebrate the release of The Heart of a Comet by Pages Matam at the Institute for Policy Studies. There will be readings and discussion with the Author and other special guest. Pages is a Teaching Artist with Split This Rock’s Youth Programs. Join us in uplifting the creative works of a local poet and activist Pages Matam. The event is free and all ages are welcome!


Ongoing Events

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

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30-8:30pm - 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 23

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 - October 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 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 - October 19

Sept. 21 - 5-7:00pm - 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 Kundiman poets: Jennifer Chang, Joseph Legaspi & Michael Olzmann

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic - September 26

Every last Friday from 5-8:00pm - 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.)