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Split This Rock's work is a dedication to poetry that speaks truth to power, a balm through times of threat & high stakes, affirmation & celebration of communities that are most at risk, and a call to deeper connection & community. If Split This Rock’s poetry, gatherings, and resources have nourished, awakened, incited, validated, calmed, held, or affirmed you: Will you invest in Split This Rock today?

Split This Rock was born from the brilliant effort, community care, radical imagination, and creative genius of a small group of poet activists with a big dream. That dream has grown immensely since the organization’s founding in 2008, while Split This Rock’s internal resources and staffing level have barely changed. Earlier this year, the organization’s leaders decided that a programmatic pause was needed.

It’s time to tend to the field Split This Rock’s founders so tenderly seeded, making sure the soil from which we grow community engagement remains rich. We honor the legacy of our founders and the values that are core to the organization by arriving at this truth: programmatic rest is our bravest political action in this season.

On July 1, 2021, Split This Rock entered a fallow season, and our usual schedule of programming and publishing is on pause until April 1, 2022. We know this organization's value isn't only in its programmatic output, but in how it holds space, imagines change, and tends relationships among staff and community.
We are committed to a future at Split This Rock that includes:
  • Expanding paid opportunities for artists who teach, publish, and feature at Split This Rock, artists who are largely people of color and often alumni of the Youth Programs
  • Bringing disability justice principles more fully into the center of the organization’s culture
  • Cultivating a more supportive and attractive work environment for current and future staff, including increasing pay, benefits, and professional development opportunities
  • Building a larger team of core staff to provide a more sustainable program model
  • Adjusting the programmatic load as necessary to match the organization's staffing level
  • Developing and practicing community agreements that center consent culture and accountability
We are being called to more radically embody the interconnected wisdom of the liberation and justice movements that guide us. This deep transformation work must be rooted in relationships. You, beloved community, are the key to Split This Rock's ability to truly embody its core values.

Will you join us on our journey toward sustainability by making a one-time or monthly donation with Split This Rock's online giving portal? A monthly donation at any level increases stability and support for the work of fallow season.
Double Your Donation! The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has once again gifted us with a challenge grant. If we raise $15,000, they will match it! If you believe in what Split This Rock embodies, how it holds space, and what it is uniquely positioned and equipped to do in the field of poetry, would you help us secure this $30,000 investment by giving your best gift today?

To donate by mail, send a check payable to "Split This Rock" to Split This Rock, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036.
Learn more about Split This Rock's fallow season aspirations by reading these special messages from Board and Staff:

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Split This Rock is featured in the 2022-2023 Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region. Visit Split This Rock's Catalogue page to give today! Donations given through the Catalogue portal incur the lowest transaction fees.


Give Today & Honor a Poet's Legacy!

In celebration of Split This Rock’s first decade and to inspire support for the years to come, we have named Giving Circles in honor of poets who have inspired, supported, and helped to shape Split This Rock’s work. When you give, you build on their legacy. You can now give to honor following poets:

  • Langston Hughes Circle ($10,000): Split This Rock’s name is drawn from the Hughes’ poem “Big Buddy”: Don’t you hear this hammer ring? / I’m gonna split this rock / And split it wide! / When I split this rock, / Stand by my side. Permission granted by the Langston Hughes estate.
  • June Jordan Circle ($5,000+): On the 10th anniversary of Jordan's passing, Split This Rock dedicated the 2012 Festival in her memory. Her poetry, prose, and teaching continue to inspire and animate Split This Rock’s work.
  • Adrienne Rich Circle ($1,000+): Moved by the vision for Split This Rock, Adrienne sent Split This Rock’s founders a powerful letter of endorsement and a check for $1,000 to support the first festival.
  • Lucille Clifton Circle ($500+): One of the first poets to say “yes” to featuring at the 2008 festival, Ms. Lucille, as she's fondly known, sadly was unable to attend due to illness. Split This Rock paid tribute to her at the 2010 festival, a month after her death. In her memory, her family has made the inaugural gift to the Lucille Clifton Circle.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón Circle ($250+): A faithful attendee at Split This Rock Poetry Festivals, Francisco spearheaded Poets Responding to SB 1070, often partnering with Split This Rock, and worked tirelessly for immigration justice.
  • Zahara Heckscher Circle ($100+): An active member of Split This Rock’s network, Zahara invented the Poetry Game, presenting it at festivals and designating a portion of proceeds to supporting Split This Rock.
  • Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. Circle ($1-99): After being fired as Poet Laureate of Nassau County, NY for writing poems against the Iraq War, Max was declared Poet Laureate by the community’s poets. An attendee and panelist at Split This Rock’s first festival, Max mailed $5 checks to Split This Rock every month until his death in 2016.