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Call for Proposals - Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Provocation & Witness 2016 (June 30)

Tuesday, June 30. The fifth biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Provocation & Witness from April 14-17, 2016 is accepting proposals for workshops, panel or roundtable discussions, and themed group readings.  The deadline for proposals is June 30, 2015.  For specific guidelines and to submit, please visit: If you have questions, please email us at Check out past festival programs here. We look forward to reading your proposal!

Special Events

Divine Poetour: A Teen-Led Performance Poetry and Visual Arts Experience (July 2)

Thursday, July 2, 4-5pm, National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. In collaboration with Split This Rock, the National Museum of African Art presents The Divine Comedy in an entirely new way as the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team takes you on The Divine Poetour. Inspired by artworks from the museum's latest exhibition and intensive workshop sessions with Split This Rock, the performance will combine art interpretation of contemporary African works with live poetry. The event is free and open to the public, so please come and support our D.C Youth Slam Team before they leave for the national slam competition, Brave New Voices! For more information, visit the National Museum of African Art's event page

The Capital of Poetry: A DC Youth Slam Team Sendoff Showcase (July 9)

Thursday, July 9, 7-9pm, Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct NW, Washington, D.C. Last summer the DC Youth Slam Team placed 1st place out of 50 teams from across the world at Brave New Voices (BNV) International Youth Poetry Slam. On July 9th the defending champions will showcase the individual and group poems they are taking to BNV 2015 in Atlanta this summer. Help raise the voices of DC's youth poets at the BNV Sendoff Showcase at Hillyer Art Space on Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 7 - 9 pm for only $10! For more information about the event, please check the DC Youth Slam Team Facebook event page.

Recurring Events

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

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th 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, call 202-787-5210.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (July 19)

Held monthly on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm - NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION FOR JULY: Busboys and Poets (5th & K), 1025 5th St NW, Washington, DC. 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. Featured poets for July: Camisha Jones, Ellen McGrath Smith, and Kathi Wolfe. July's Sunday Kind of Love is a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (July 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 at Busboys and Poets website

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops

Weekly writing workshops in June and July 2015 are held on Wednesdays - 4:30 to 6pm - 1112 16th St NW, 6th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC.  Accessible by the Farragut West or North metro stations. Workshops are free and open to all teens. For more information, email Jonathan Tucker at 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 (July 31)

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.)