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Upcoming Events

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Special Events

Hyper Bole Youth Poetry Slam Festival at Fall for the Book
Saturday, October 12, 10 am-8 pm | Finals: 6-8 pm

Witness the power of youth poetry, or participate yourself if you're someone 13-19 years old! Hyper Bole is the largest individual youth poetry slam and festival in Virginia, bringing together youth from northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland for a full day of individual slams, poetry workshops, an open mic, and a final slam that culminates the event. At Finals, one youth will be crowned Hyper Bole Champion and win a $1,000 scholarship. Presented by Split This Rock Youth Programs in partnership with George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Mason Reads, and the Fall for the Book Festival. Visit Split This Rock's Youth Programs website to find more information and register for the event. 


Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020
Save the Dates: March 26-28, 2020 in Washington DC

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is a three-day gathering full of readings, workshops, discussions, youth voices, a book fair, and activism. Featuring some of the most socially significant and artistically vibrant poets today, the festival offers opportunities to speak boldly for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can be a practice for social change. Learn more on the 2020 Festival web page.

 

Contests, Awards, and Submission Opportunities

2020 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest
Open for Submissions Until November 1, 2019

Split This Rock is excited to announce the 2020 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest is open for submissions. Each year, Split This Rock sponsors a national poetry contest which serves to raise the visibility and prestige of poetry of provocation and witness. This year's contest judge is Richard Blanco. There is a reading fee of $20. All proceeds support Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020. For more contest details, submission instructions, and accessibility information, visit Split This Rock's contest web page or the contest's Submittable page.

 

Recurring Events

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 info@splitthisrock.org or call 202-787-5210

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

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.

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.