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Volunteer at Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020!

Be a part of DC's premiere poetry event and the only Festival of its kind in the country, highlighting poets working at the intersection of the imagination and social change!

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020 (March 26-28, 2020) will gather poets, writers, activists, educators, and dreamers in Washington, DC for three days of readings, workshops, discussions, youth programming & activism -- and YOU CAN BE AT THE HEART OF IT ALL! 

Help to fill volunteer roles covering short-term tasks immediately prior to and during the Festival. While we seek people who have a passion for poetry and social activism, we also need people with a broad range of skills. In other words: You don't have to be poet or writer to volunteer! People who volunteer for 3 1/2 or more hours in the week(s) prior to and/or during the Festival get the fabulous reward of FREE registration for the entire festival. As festival leadership roles become available, they will be posted on this web page.

There is a tremendous amount of work necessary to make the 2020 Poetry Festival happen and we couldn't do it without your volunteer support. So THANK YOU!

While we are no longer accepting applications, volunteer roles in our office remain open and come with FREE registration for anyone who serves 3 1/2 or more hours. Visit our Internship & Volunteer page for more information.


Complete the volunteer application form at Submittable by January 31, 2020 and wait for a response before registering for the Festival. Once you submit your application, you'll receive a follow up email with a decision and instructions on how to register for the Festival. Volunteer spots are limited so apply early!


If the Submittable form is not accessible to you, application instructions are also available as Word and PDF documents. For questions related to Festival accessibility for the disability community, email us at or call 202-787-5210.


Contact us by email at or by phone at (202) 787-5210