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Upcoming Events

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Virtual Programming

2020 DC Youth Slam Team Virtual Poetry Reading
Friday, November 20 | 6:30-8:30 pm EST

Split This Rock is proud to present a public showcase of the 2020 DC Youth Slam Team (DCYST), featuring Takier George, Charlotte Maleski, Marjan Naderi, Gabriela Orozco, and Kashvi Ramani on Friday, November 20, 6:30-8:30 pm EST. Lauren (Lo) May will host. To attend the reading, tune in via YouTube live-stream.

This reading also celebrates 10 years of DCYST at Split This Rock! Join us to lift up, listen to, and celebrate the leadership, wisdom, and power of youth poetry, which has been carving a path forward for us at Split This Rock for a decade. For more information about the reading and the DCYST, visit the Facebook event page.

Accessibility: Links to live captioning and an access copy of the poems and host comments will be available. Links will be provided on the Facebook event page, in the YouTube video description, and on Twitter immediately prior to the reading. A captioned video of the reading will be posted on YouTube after it concludes. We will post on social media when it is available. For other accessibility questions, please contact us at

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Virtual Poetry Reading Series

Split This Rock continues this virtual poetry reading series grounded by the knowledge that through socially engaged poetry, there is the opportunity to name what is intolerable, what must be protected, what we treasure. We have invited all featured poets to consider their reading as a space where they can name what most needs to be named. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather together with you for refuge and connection, that the words shared might offer a spark towards action.

Recorded Poetry Readings

Readings from Split This Rock's Virtual Poetry Reading Series are available as captioned videos on Split This Rock's YouTube channel: 

Accessibility: Captioning for the videos is in the process of being corrected. Visual descriptions are shared by each speaker. 

Virtual Open Mic: Poems of Persistence, Solidarity, and Refuge

As we journey through political, economic, and global health crises, we turn to poetry to share truths that unearth underlying causes, illuminate impacts, and insist on transformative change. Split This Rock asked poets to send the words they chant to get out of bed, to raise their fists, to encourage their kin, to remind us, as this crisis does, that “we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” Poems are featured as audio and text on a rolling basis on Split This Rock's blog. Check out a list of featured poems on Split This Rock's website

Virtual Social Change Book Fair

You can find a list of Social Change Book Fair exhibitors on Split This Rock's website. If you are able, please consider supporting the work of these socially engaged poets, writers, organizations, progressive presses, literary magazines, and independent newspapers. Exhibitors were spotlighted on Split This Rock's Twitter using the hashtag #SplitThisBookFair.

Contests, Awards, and Submission Opportunities

There are currently no open opportunities. 

Recurring Events

In-person Programming Suspended

Given the state of emergency in the DC-metro area, Split This Rock has suspended in-person programs and postponed events until the public emergency is lifted. 

We understand that this crisis is straining every social system and increasing already existing crises in all our communities. We know the work of staying connected and grounded in our values and commitments is even more needed now that we face a public health crisis, economic crisis, and political leadership crisis. 

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. Phone messages are being checked once a week, and the best way to reach us with questions is by email to

CANCELLED: Split This Rock Writing Workshops - Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - 6:30 to 8:30pm - 1301 Connecticut St, NW, Suite #600, Washington, DC 20036. Venue is wheelchair accessible. Split This Rock hosts bi-monthly writing workshops on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month. All ages are welcome; no need to RSVP. FREE! Just come ready to write! Please note the building doors will be locked when you arrive. A volunteer will be available to let people in until 6:50 pm. Split This Rock's programs are made possible in part by grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. For more information, email or call 202-787-5210

Visit the Writing Workshop web page for more information on this month's workshops.

CANCELLED: Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic Series - Every 3rd Sunday of the Month

Sunday Kind of Love is held monthly on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 5 to 7:00pm - Busboys and Poets-14th & V, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20009. Cost: $5. Every month, Split This Rock partners with Busboys and Poets to bring you Sunday Kind of Love. Hosted by Rasha Abdulhadi and Lauren May, the event offers a stage for emerging and established poets from the Washington, D.C. area and around the nation. Sunday Kind of Love includes featured poets and an open mic segment. Purchase tickets online on the day of the event or at the door, if still available. 

Visit the Sunday Kind of Love web page for more information on this month's event.

CANCELLED: Youth Open Mic (DC) - Every 3rd Saturday of the Month

Held monthly on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 5pm - Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW, Washington DC. Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians, and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock. Sponsored by Split This Rock Youth Programs and Busboys and Poets.

Visit Busboys and Poets website for more info and tickets.