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Program & Schedule - Friday, March 27, 2020

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020 calls poets, writers, educators, activists, and scholars together for three days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, open mics, and activism -- plus, a book fair! Featuring some of the most socially significant and artistically vibrant poets today, the Festival offers opportunities to speak boldly for justice, build connections and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can be a practice for social change.

We're thrilled to present these 2020 Festival Featured Poets: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Emmy Pérez, Eve L. Ewing, Justice Ameer, Kimberly Blaeser, Kyle Dargan, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Mahogany L. Browne, Marilyn Chin, Safia Elhillo, Sandra Cisneros, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, and the Youth Poets Laureate Azura Tyabji, Maren Wright-Kerr, and Jackson Neal!

Early bird rates available until Friday, January 31. Online registration ends February 28.
On-site registration available during the festival (see schedule for specific times).

Click the links below to view each day's program. All daytime sessions are held at George Washington University's Cloyd Heck Marvin Center. All venues are wheelchair accessible.

Need the schedule in large print or formatted for a screen reader? Email us at and we will send you a copy.

NOTE: Schedule below is subject to slight changes.


Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

8:30 am-5 pm

On-site Festival Registration

George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052 [Map]

9-10:30 am

#PoetsAgainstWalls: (Re)Claiming their Right over the Border Narrative (Panel)
Presenters: César L De León; Celina Gomez; Carolina Monsivais; Emmy Pérez
Marvin Center 307

Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism (Reading) 
Presenters: Kim Bridgford; Oliver de la Paz; Joel Dias-Porter; Sean Thomas Dougherty; Jennifer Franklin
Marvin Center 308

Poetry as a Call for Hope, Action and Environmental Justice (Workshop)
Presenters: Elizabeth Coleman; Kyle Dargan; Paul Guest; Shara McCallum
Marvin Center 302

Poetry as Public Practice (Panel)
Presenters: Mark Nowak; Amish Trivedi; Yolanda Wisher
Marvin Center 402

The "I" in Intimacy: Exploring Tenderness in Turbulent Times (Panel)
Presenters: Tyree Daye; Marwa Helal; Nabila Lovelace; Monica Sok
Marvin Center 413

The Poetics of Anger (Panel)
Presenters: Megan Alpert; Regie Cabico; Erin Hoover; Bettina Judd
Marvin Center 301

Two-Spirits Belong Here/Lxs Dos-Espíritus Merecen Estar Aquí (Reading)
Presenters: Ahanu Tapepechul; Petrona Xemi Tapepechul; Quasar Ventura; Nicholas Rodriguez; Emmelia Ruiz Talarico; Riah Duprey
Marvin Center 404

11 am-12 pm 

Up With Liberation, Down With Deportation! 

Public Action with ICE Out of DC Coalition

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004 [Map]

12-1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30-3 pm

¡Nunca más y siempre pa'alante! CantoMundistxs Forge Resilience and Transformation (Reading)
Presenters: Juan Luis Guzmán; Jen Hofer; Cintia Santana; Javier Zamora
Marvin Center 402

Anthology Advice: Strategies for Organizing, Editing, and Publishing Anthologies (Panel)
Presenters: José Faus; Alex Martínez; Miguel M. Morales; Maria Vasquez Boyd
Marvin Center 404

Ask Me About My Uterus: A Reading for Reproductive Rights (Reading)
Presenters: Teri Ellen Cross Davis; Katherine Howell; Natalie Illum; Katy Richey; Susan Scheid
Marvin Center 307

Generous Spirit: Celebrating the Queer Indigenous Work of Beth Brant (Panel)
Presenters: Celeste Adame; Janet McAdams; Deborah Miranda; Kim Shuck
Marvin Center 414

Hold This Stone: Poets Confront the Japanese American Incarceration (Reading)
Presenters: Brian Komei Dempster; W. Todd Kaneko; Mia Ayumi Malhotra; Brynn Saito; Brandon Shimoda
Marvin Center 413

Jewish Poets on Liberation and Obligation (Panel)
Presenters: Rosebud Ben-Oni; Joy Katz; Erika Meitner; Rachel Mennies; Jason Schneiderman
Marvin Center 308

Transembodied-ologies: Dangerous Making in Dangerous Times (Workshop)
Presenters: Ni'Ja Whitson
Marvin Center 301

Raising Their Voices: Collaging as Confrontation (Homestead Detention Center) (Workshop)
Presenters: Catherine Esposito Prescott; Jen Karetnick; Mia Leonin; Caridad Moro
Marvin Center 302

3:30-5 pm

Chingonas on Fire in the Midwest (Panel)
Presenters: Araceli Esparza; Angie Trudell Vasquez
Marvin Center 308

Empire and After: Five Filipino American Writers, Colonialism, and Art (Reading)
Presenters: Marianne Chan; Oliver de la Paz; Eugene Gloria; Jan-Henry Gray; Michelle Peñaloza
Marvin Center 413

No there but here: A Poetics and Politics of Return (Reading)
Presenters: George Abraham; Zaina Alsous; Philip Metres
Marvin Center 402

Oh Shit, Navigating Difficulty and Participant Trauma in Writing Spaces (Workshop)
Presenters: Arhm Choi Wild; Adam Falkner; Juan Morales; Rachel Simon
Marvin Center 302

Revisiting & Creating Our Own Spaces of Making as BIPOC (Workshop)
Presenters: Ching-In Chen; Amanda Galvan Huynh; Tim Seibles
Marvin Center 301

Spoken Nerd: When Fandom Meets Poetry (Panel)
Presenters: Lauren Bullock; Kenny Carroll; Ashley Harris; Dwayne Lawson-Brown; Anita The Lesbian
Marvin Center 404

The Art of Borderless Worlds: White Pine Press Poet-Translators (Reading)
Presenters: Eleanor Goodman; Jennifer Kwon Dobbs; Dennis Maloney; Tzveta Sofronieva
Marvin Center 414

VIDA Interview with Split This Rock (Panel)
Presenters: Melissa Studdard, Rasha Abdulhadi, and Sarah Browning
Marvin Center 307

5-7 pm

Dinner Break

7-9:30 pm

Featured Poet Reading and Book Signing

Mahogany L. Browne, Marilyn Chin, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Justice Ameer, 2020 Split This Rock Poetry Contest Winner Diana Tokaji

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20045 [Map]

ASL interpretation provided. Free and open to the public.

Reading followed by a book signing. Books will be available for sale by Split This Rock partner Busboys and Poets Books.

10 pm-12 am

Open Mic

Share your work & talent on the mic! Bring your poem, your song, your enthusiastic attention. Sign-up list available at the door.

Busboys and Poets-14th & V
2021 14th Street NW
Washington, DC. 20009 [Map]

Open to the public. Free to festival registrants, $5 for all others.