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HATFest Presents Poems that Bear Witness to Injustice and Provoke Change: A Reading and Writing Workshop (Dec. 4)

Thursday, December 4 - 7-8:30pm - RISE Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, DC. The perfect socially engaged poem can elevate the impact of an awareness-building event, a lesson plan, a vigil, or a protest. But finding the right poem -- that can be a challenge. This workshop is an unveiling of Split This Rock’s soon-to-be-launched online poetry database and the many ways it serves as a resource for event planners, activists, teachers and anyone wanting to use poetry to strengthen our community. The workshop will include an overview of the database, filled with over 250 poems that stand witness to injustice, the beautiful diversity of humanity, and the ways that words can provoke necessary change for our wounded world. Poetry will be shared by Dan Vera, celeste doaks and Gayle Danley: all poets who are featured in the database. Workshop will conclude with a poetry writing exercise led by celeste doaks. No RSVP is required but you can let us know you're coming and help us spread the word via the Facebook event page. This event is made possible through the generous support of Humanities DC, Gateway DC and the Commission for Arts and Humanities.

Split This Rockin' Holiday and Birthday Bash (Dec. 13)

Saturday, December 13 - 7:00 to 10:00pm – Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall Post 350, 6420 Orchard Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. $10 when tickets purchased in advance (until Dec. 11), $15 at the door, and open to the public. Join Split This Rock as we celebrate the holidays and birthdays of Executive Director Sarah Browning and Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.  There will be a cash bar, birthday cake, marshmallow roasting, and poetry tag, with music provided by DJ Phenomejon. Register here. If the link is not accessible to you, call 202-787-5210.

Lauren May Features at Busboys and Poets 5th & K (Dec. 17)

Wednesday, December 17 - 9:00 to 11:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC. 

Recurring Events

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

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room, 1112 16th St NW #600, Washington, DC 20036.  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. 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 event page.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops at MLK Library Teen Space 

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - Martin Luther King Library Room 221, 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 few 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 (Dec. 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.  Featured poet for December: Safia Elhillo. More info at Busboys and Poets website.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (Dec. 21)

Held monthly on the 3rd sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm - Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th 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 December: Joshua Weiner and Sam Taylor.

Floetic Fridays Youth Open Mic (Nov. 21)

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.)