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Split This Rock Poetry Festival and Program Updates Responding to COVID-19

Friday, March 13, 2020

Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020 Postponed

Split This Rock staff and board have decided to postpone Poetry Festival 2020. We are assessing what the options are in a context of an uncertain local and national situation. We look forward to continuing the work that went into the Festival in some exciting ways in the future. We will update by web, email, and social media to announce those plans as they are confirmed. 

In the meantime, contact poetryfest@splitthisrock.org if you have questions. We're still working with hotel partners to support refunds. We're sending solidarity & thanks to you for being in this with us. Please be gentle with our small staff as we respond to the high volume of communication. We are working remotely, and email is currently the most effective way to reach us.

Split This Rock Update for March 2020 Programming

Given the state of emergency in the DC-metro area, Split This Rock is joining many peer and partner organizations to suspend in-person programs and postpone events through March 31. This includes the DCYST Grand Slam Finals (March 14), Sunday Kind of Love (March 15), and the DC Youth Open Mic (March 21). Writing workshops in late March were already cancelled to make room for the Poetry Festival. 

Split This Rock staff and board are making a range of plans to respond to public health need and still preserve the energy and spirit of these vital spaces for community, spaces that are even more urgently needed in times of crisis. We will reassess April programming at the end of March and update by web, email, and social media to announce those plans and what remote options we can offer.

We understand that this crisis is straining almost every social system. We want to stay in this together and are so grateful for your messages of continued support and solidarity. Please be gentle with each other and with our small staff as we all navigate a changing situation. We are working remotely at this time, and the best way to reach us with questions is by email to info@splitthisrock.org.

 


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020 Response to COVID-19/coronavirus 

Given the need for urgent public health response to COVID-19 and George Washington University's decision to suspend public events on campus, Split This Rock will no longer be able to host in-person sessions as planned for Poetry Festival 2020. Staff met yesterday, and staff and board are making a range of plans to respond to public health needs and still preserve the energy of the Festival and the spirit of resistance and readiness that is even more urgently needed in times of crisis. We'll continue with updates by email, social media, and Split This Rock's website to announce those plans and what remote options we can offer.

We will update by Friday with additional information based on board decisions tonight. Please contact poetryfest@splitthisrock.org if you have questions. We are working with hotel partners to support as many full refunds on reservations as possible.

We're sending you fortitude for these thick times and thank you for being in this with us. Please be gentle with our small staff as we respond to the high volume of communication this shift requires.