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2012 Poetry Festival

Use these links to find information about the 2012 Poetry Festival.

You can check out bio's of our Featured Poets, a schedule of the events from the Festival, the group poem--or cento--produced by the featured poets, and below you will find a list of partners and sponsors.

Also be sure to watch videos and view photos from past festivals on Split This Rock's YouTube and Flickr pages!

We are grateful to these major partners. Their support—and yours—makes this festival possible.

Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was created by owner Anas "Andy" Shallal, an Iraqi-American artist, activist, and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets NW in Washington, DC, the neighboring residents and the progressive community embraced Busboys, especially activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in three distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a community resource for artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers. The name Busboys and Poets refers to American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet. Busboys and Poets is proud to be a Certified B Corporation.

As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades—from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Some of the greatest progressive minds of the 20th and 21st centuries have found a home at IPS, starting with the organization's founders, Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin. IPS scholars have included such luminaries as Arthur Waskow, Gar Alperovitz, Saul Landau, Bob Moses, Rita Mae Brown, Barbara Ehrenreich, Roger Wilkins and Orlando Letelier. Today the Institute’s work is organized into more than a dozen projects, reflecting our public scholars’ diverse areas of expertise. In practice, these projects collaborate strategically to pursue three overarching policy goals: Peace, justice and the environment.

Teaching for Change seeks to ensure that the next generation has the skills, information, and commitment to play an active role in their community and in civic society. We pursue this goal through professional development for teachers, parent organizing, and curriculum development. Key to all of our work is the promotion of access to high-quality literature that helps the reader understand current events and reflects the full diversity of the world we live in. Our bookstore at Busboys and Poets and website are not like most places where you have to search the shelves for great books. We have done that for you. Here you will find the very best books in each category for children, young adults, teachers, and the broader community from a progressive perspective. Our focus is to provide books that activate your mind and community. The Institute for Policy Studies is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power. You can buy featured poets' books from Teaching for Change's online bookstore.