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Program & Schedule - Thursday, March 26, 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

2-5 pm 

Festival Registration, Check-In, and Mixer

Come by to pick up your Festival materials then gather with other attendees at one of the many Eaton DC gathering spaces.

Eaton DC, Crystal Room
1201 K St NW
Washington DC, 20005 [Map]

7-9:30 pm

Featured Poet Reading and Book Signing

Emmy Pérez, Safia Elhillo, Kimberly Blaeser, Eve L. Ewing

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

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 will be available at the door.

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

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