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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


February's Sunday Kind of Love features Noor Ibn Najam and Jona Colson.

Collaged images of poets Noor Ibn Najam and Jona Colson. Noor appears standing in front of a floral background. She smiles with her eyes closed and faces the camera. Jona appears in front of a brick wall. He smiles and faces the camera.

About Noor Ibn Najam and Jona Colson:

Noor Ibn Najam is a poet who teases, challenges, breaks, and creates language. Noor is a fellow of the Callaloo creative writing workshop and The Watering Hole as well as a former resident of the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have been published with the Academy of American Poets, The Rumpus, and others, and anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, Best New Poets, and Breakbeat Poets vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology of writings by Muslim gender minorities. Noor's chapbook, Praise to Lesser Gods of Love, was published by Glass Poetry Press in 2019 and contemplates the ever-shifting role of love in the human experience, and how best to worship such a multitudinous deity.

Jona Colson’s first poetry collection, Said Through Glass, won the 2018 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers’ Publishing House. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. His translations and interviews can be found in Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, and The Writer’s Chronicle. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He is an associate professor of ESL at Montgomery College in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.


January 19 - Daria-Ann Martineau and Tanya Olson

February 16 - Noor Ibn Najam and Jona Colson

March 15 -  Clint Smith 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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