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Past Festivals

Since 2008, Split This Rock has invited poets, activists, poetry lovers, and dreamers to Washington, DC for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness. Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, activism, the most recent festival, celebrating Split This Rock's 10th anniversary, was held April 19-21, 2018. The festival featured some of the most significantly and artistically vibrant poets today, including
Elizabeth Acevedo, Kazim Ali, Kwame Dawes, Sonia Sanchez, Solmaz Sharif, and more!

The gathering offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change. Split This Rock Poetry Festival is 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!

Check out the links to the right to browse and enjoy information about our past festivals!

Photos and videos from past festivals can be found at our YouTube and Flickr accounts. Check it out!