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Special Events

Activists & Poets Against Walls: A Brown Bag Presentation by Allyson Duarte & Emmy Pérez

Monday, March 18, 12-1:30 pm, FREE
The Institute for Policy Studies
1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

In this multimedia brown bag session, independent DACA activist Allyson Duarte and Poets Against Walls co-founder Emmy Pérez will talk about recent activism in the Rio Grande Valley in support of borderland communities. They will share video footage of speech clips and poetry performances to introduce some of the intersectional work they are involved in. Poets Against Walls is a collective of poets with a DIY philosophy that aims to amplify and help document borderland poetry, testimonio, and the spoken word to help counter mainstream depictions of the borderlands. Allyson Duarte's work and advocacy commitments emphasize the need to seek solutions beyond whichever policy measures can achieve through the limited scope of party politics, which is almost always defined by gridlock that is rooted in private interests. Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies.

DC Youth Slam Team Grand Slam Finals

Saturday, March 23, 8 pm
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theatre, Molly Smith Study
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Split This Rock Youth Programs presents DC Youth Slam Team Grand Slam Finals featuring Mahogany L. Browne on Saturday, March 23 at 8 pm at the Mead Center for American Theatre, Molly Smith Study. Get ready to make noise as 10 of the DC area's top youth poets compete for a spot on the 2019 DCYST and the opportunity to represent DC at Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Nevada this summer! Don't miss this opportunity to hear the next generation of socially engaged poets speak their minds. Get tickets online today! This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.


Contests, Awards, and Submission Opportunities

There are currently no contest, award, or submission opportunities open at this time.


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 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 Sunday 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.