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Sunday Kind of Love

Sunday Kind of Love is a monthly open mic and reading series that features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. The event is hosted by Rasha Abdulhadi. An open mic segment will follow the readings. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.


Date: 3rd Sunday of Every Month 

Time: 5-7 pm

Location: Busboys and Poets (14th & V), 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009

Cost: $5 (Tickets can be purchased online on the day of the event via Busboys and Poets' Eventbrite page. As available, tickets may also be purchased at the door.)  


The venue is wheelchair accessible but does not have automated doors. The stage in this room has steps. To make the stage area more accessible for all readers, featured poets and open mic participants should prepare to read from a floor-level stage area in the back of the room.

Split This Rock strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all. If you have questions about accessibility or requests for specific accommodations, please contact Split This Rock at or 202-787-5210. Advance notice of two weeks or more allows us to seek out and offer more options for accommodation requests


March's Sunday Kind of Love features Alexis Smithers and Jenari Mitchell.

Collaged images of poets Alexis Smithers and Jenari Mitchell. Alexis appears facing the camera with their hand resting against their check. Jenari appears in profile wearing a denim jacket and speaking into a microphone.

About  Alexis Smithers and Jenari Mitchell:

Alexis Smithers is a black autistic nonbinary writer. A 2016 LAMBDA Literary Emerging Young Adult Fiction Fellow and 2015 Pink Door Fellow, they are a former Autostraddle staff writer and current YesYesBooks editor. Their work can be found in Glass: Poetry, Freezeray Poetry, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, among others. They run their mouth on Twitter as DangerLove12.

Jenari Mitchell is a poet, coder, and youth advocate from Southeast Washington, DC. Jenari grew up in a lot of youth organizations that were all key components in her successes and the person she has become. She started her journey with writing at twelve years old in an organization called Facilitating Leadership in Youth (F.L.Y). However, after FLY was shut down, she lost her passion for writing and went seven years without picking up a pen to express herself. Jenari returned to the stage in April 2019 and now uses her art as a tool to cope with her personal traumas and advocate for the mental health and betterment of Black, queer, and low-income communities. 


January 19 - Daria-Ann Martineau and Tanya Olson

February 16 - Noor Ibn Najam and Jona Colson

March 15 -  Alexis Smithers and Jenari Mitchell

April 19 - TBD

May 17 -  Cyree Jarelle Johnson and Mejdulene Shomali

June 21 - Roy Guzman and John Manuel-Arias

July 19 - Natalie Illum and TBD

August 16 - TBD

September 20 - TBD

October 18 - TBD

November 15 - TBD

December 20 - TBD



Watch this video from the reading on March 19, 2017 which featured a special theme of migration as part the Because We Come From Everything Campaign.



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