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Invest in the Power of Poetry for Social Change

Split This Rock's work is a dedication to poetry that speaks truth to power, a balm through times of threat & high stakes, an 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: please consider supporting our work by buying merch, making a one-time donation, and/or becoming a sustaining monthly donor. No contribution is too small, and every dollar goes toward realizing Split This Rock's mission. Support this home for social justice poetry today!

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Image Description: Black rectangle with Split This Rock's red logo at the top, and a red button that reads DONATE TODAY at the bottom. In between are five photos of poets of all ages reading, writing, and performing their work.

10 Ways to Support This Home for Social Justice Poetry:

  1. Donate online. No contribution is too small, and every dollar goes toward realizing Split This Rock's mission.
  2. Shop Split This Rock gear: t-shirts, hoodies, long-sleeved tees, and tote bags. All purchases support the organization! 
  3. Tell us why our work matters to you by sending an email to
  4. Boost Split This Rock's work on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  5. Sign up for our email list and encourage your friends to sign up, too. 
  6. Become a sustaining monthly donor. A monthly donation at any level increases stability and support for the organization.
  7. Share poems from The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database.
  8. Organize a Poetry Writing Capsule watch party.
  9. Send us a note and mail your donation. Please make checks payable to "Split This Rock" and send them to: Split This Rock, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036.
  10. Make an in-kind donation! Do you have skills, services, access to venues or event spaces, that you could offer for free or a reduced rate? Or are you interested in donating items like laptops, gift cards, food for events, etc.? As a small non-profit, every little bit of support helps! Contributions of goods or services are greatly appreciated. To make an in-kind donation, send us an email at with the subject "In-Kind Donation." 

Donations are tax deductible and you will receive an emailed tax receipt at the time of your donation. Monthly donors receive a tax receipt for their year's contributions each February.

If you are unable to donate at this time, help us spread the word! Whether it's by re-posting, re-tweeting, or talking to your friends about Split This Rock's work, it helps tremendously when folks share the poems we publish, the events we offer, and general information about what we do.



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Love Split This Rock's work? Buy a Split This Rock t-shirt, long-sleeved tee, hoodie, or tote bag! Your purchase helps support the organization and spreads the word about our work far and wide. If you pick up some Split This Rock gear, we'd love to see it! Post a photo on social media or send us an email to let us know what you think. Thank you for your help spreading the word! 

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2023 Spur Local Critical Nonprofit Seal


Split This Rock is featured as a 2023 critical nonprofit in the Greater Washington region by Spur Local. Visit Split This Rock's Spur Local page to give today! Donations given through Spur Local's 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.