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!
REGISTER ONLINE TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL!
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.
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NOTE: Schedule below is subject to slight changes.
Friday, March 27
8:30 am-5 pm
On-site Festival Registration
George Washington University Cloyd Heck Marvin Center
#PoetsAgainstWalls: (Re)Claiming their Right over the Border Narrative (Panel)
Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism (Reading)
Poetry as a Call for Hope, Action and Environmental Justice (Workshop)
Poetry as Public Practice (Panel)
The "I" in Intimacy: Exploring Tenderness in Turbulent Times (Panel)
The Poetics of Anger (Panel)
Two-Spirits Belong Here/Lxs Dos-Espíritus Merecen Estar Aquí (Reading)
11 am-12 pm
Up With Liberation, Down With Deportation!
Public Action with ICE Out of DC Coalition
¡Nunca más y siempre pa'alante! CantoMundistxs Forge Resilience and Transformation (Reading)
Anthology Advice: Strategies for Organizing, Editing, and Publishing Anthologies (Panel)
Ask Me About My Uterus: A Reading for Reproductive Rights (Reading)
Generous Spirit: Celebrating the Queer Indigenous Work of Beth Brant (Panel)
Hold This Stone: Poets Confront the Japanese American Incarceration (Reading)
Jewish Poets on Liberation and Obligation (Panel)
Transembodied-ologies: Dangerous Making in Dangerous Times (Workshop)
Raising Their Voices: Collaging as Confrontation (Homestead Detention Center) (Workshop)
Chingonas on Fire in the Midwest (Panel)
Empire and After: Five Filipino American Writers, Colonialism, and Art (Reading)
No there but here: A Poetics and Politics of Return (Reading)
Oh Shit, Navigating Difficulty and Participant Trauma in Writing Spaces (Workshop)
Revisiting & Creating Our Own Spaces of Making as BIPOC (Workshop)
Spoken Nerd: When Fandom Meets Poetry (Panel)
The Art of Borderless Worlds: White Pine Press Poet-Translators (Reading)
VIDA Interview with Split This Rock (Panel)
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
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
Share your work & talent on the mic! Bring your poem, your song, your enthusiastic attention. Sign-up list available at the door.
Open to the public. Free to festival registrants, $5 for all others.