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Poem of the Week Series

Important Update: Split This Rock entered a fallow season on July 1, 2021, and all of our external programming and publishing efforts are on pause until April 1, 2022. We’re excited for time to dig into deeper wells of creativity for: 1) expanding the organizations’ capacity for working towards liberation; 2) defining more concretely what working towards liberation means at Split This Rock; 3) increasing the impact of our poetry, resistance, and community building offerings; and 4) more deeply aligning the organization’s mission with its systems, protocols, and practices. Learn more about the inspiration, projects, and goals for fallow season at the News from Split This Rock webpage. Visit the fallow season webpage to explore responses to frequently asked questions. We’re eager to continue engaging with you! To be invited to fallow season community gatherings we’ll be hosting, be sure to complete this online form.

About the Poem of the Week Series

Split This Rock's Poem of the Week series publishes a contemporary poem online each week and sends each poem to Split This Rock's entire network via our weekly e-newsletter. The series is currently paused for fallow season.

All poems Split This Rock has published in the series since 2009, along with contest winners and video from past festivals and youth programs, are available in The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database, searchable by social justice theme, author’s identity, state, and geographic region. Like all of Split This Rock’s programs, Poem of the Week and The Quarry are designed to bring poetry fully to the center of public life.

We encourage you to use and share these poems widely, and ask only that you credit the author and name Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week Series and/or The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database as the source. Please also include a direct link to the database for any reproduction of poems. However, poets retain all rights to their work. If you would like to reprint the poem, please reach out to the poet directly for permissions. If the poem is reprinted, we request that you credit The Quarry.

Now Closed: Split This Rock’s 2021 Poem of the Week Call for Poems

Thank you so much to all who sent in poems and spread the word for Split This Rock’s 2021 Poem of the Week Call for Poems! The call is now closed, having incredibly reached its cap of 120 submissions in less than 24 hours. Our team is overwhelmed with gratitude and joy over the level of interest and excitement for sharing poems with us.

Stay Tuned -- this will not be the last opportunity for folks to send their work! If you did not get a chance to submit poems for consideration, we hope you’ll send poems to the 2022 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest, which will open later this year. To make sure that you don’t miss announcements about calls for poems or other opportunities, we recommend that you sign up for Split This Rock’s email list by completing this very brief online form

If you love Poem of the Week and want to help expand Split This Rock’s capacity to compensate poets, provide free opportunities, and offer scholarships in all its programs, please consider making a one-time donation or becoming a sustaining monthly donor. Donations can be made through Split This Rock’s online donation portal. If a more accessible method of giving is needed, please email us at If you aren't able to donate right now but this work means something to you, please help us share the poetry, the resources, and this call for support.

Thank you again to all who expressed interest and support, donated to help expand Split This Rock’s work, and spread the word!