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INTERSECTIONS Festival Presents: New Books/New Voices of Provocation & Witness (RESCHEDULED FOR Feb. 27)

Saturday, February 27 - 6:30 to 7:30pm - Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab 1, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC. Split This Rock presents a reading by Carlos Parada Ayala, celeste doaks, Joseph Ross, and Venus Thrash who have each published first books of poetry. Their world-changing poetry includes themes of childhood, love, exile, sexuality, race, and more. Experience the power of the written word live in an intimate performance space and meet the poets afterwards. Visit Atlas' website for more info. Tickets are $5 and the event is open to those ages 16 and up. Visit Atlas' website for more information and to buy tickets. 

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here - A Commemorative Reading (Mar. 4)

Wednesday, March 4 - 6:30 to 9:00pm - Brookland Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC. Readings by Sarah Browning, Casey Smith, Mousa Al-Nasseri, Robert Obayda, Elliott Colla, Rawan Alferaehy and E. Ethelbert Miller. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March 2016, throughout the DC area, in commemoration of the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic bookselling street. Visit the event Facebook for more information.

Grand Slam Finals for the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team (Mar. 7)

Saturday, March 7 - 6:00 to 9:00pm - Arena Stage, 1101 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20024, $15 in advance / $20 at the door. The grand finale poetry slam for the top teenage spoken word poets in the DC area competing to become part of the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team. Featuring international slam champion and award-winning poet Gayle Danley. More information available on the event page. Tickets available at Eventbrite. RSVP on Facebook!

Recurring Events

Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday (Mar. 4 & Mar. 18)

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.  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. The Writing Workshops are now 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, or check out the Facebook event page for March 4.

Sunday Kind of Love - Every 3rd Sunday (Mar. 15)

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 March: Oliver de la Paz & L. Lamar Wilson.

Youth Open Mic - Every 3rd Saturday (March 21)

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. Featured poet for February: CiCi Felton.

Split This Rock Teen Poetry Workshops - CANCELLED UNTIL MARCH 10

Weekly writing workshops are held on Tuesdays - 4:30 to 6:30pm - 1112 16th St NW, 6th Floor Conference Room, Washington, DC.  Accessible by the Farragut West or North metro station.  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 

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.)