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Upcoming Events

Important Update: Split This Rock entered a fallow season on July 1, 2021, and all of our external programming and publishing efforts are on pause until April 1, 2022. We’re excited for time to dig into deeper wells of creativity for: 1) expanding the organizations’ capacity for working towards liberation; 2) defining more concretely what working towards liberation means at Split This Rock; 3) increasing the impact of our poetry, resistance, and community building offerings; and 4) more deeply aligning the organization’s mission with its systems, protocols, and practices. Learn more about the inspiration, projects, and goals for fallow season at the News from Split This Rock webpage. Visit the fallow season webpage to explore responses to frequently asked questions. We’re eager to continue engaging with you! To be invited to fallow season community gatherings we’ll be hosting, be sure to complete this online form.

Events listed below in the following categorize (click on the headings with links to jump to your desired category):

Past Virtual Programming

March 2021: Environmental Justice Programming with Kimberly Blaeser & Naomi Ortiz

Split This Rock is proud to be a member of The Poetry Coalition, a national alliance of more than 25 independent poetry organizations dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. The Poetry Coalition will devote March 2021 to exploring the theme "It is burning./ It is dreaming./ It is waking up.: Poetry & Environmental Justice" in a series of programs in eleven cities that will reach an anticipated audience of more than 300,000 individuals nationwide. The line "It is burning./ It is dreaming./ It is waking up." is from the poem "Map" by Linda Hogan. The Poetry Coalition and its programmatic efforts are supported by the Academy of American Poets with funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

You can learn more about The Poetry Coalition's month of Environmental Justice programming at The Academy of American Poets website. For more on Split This Rock's offerings, visit the webpage devote to the the special month of events.

Upcoming Split This Rock's Offerings Include: 

  • Free Virtual Workshop with Naomi Ortiz: "Digesting What’s in the Way" | Wednesday, March 17, 6:30-8:30 pm EST 
    Disability justice and eco-justice rarely are explored in the same mouthful, but are in constant conversation in our world. As poets, how can we expand on and complicate the dialogue between these two movements? In what ways do disability justice and eco-justice co-mingle? Join us for a workshop to chew on these juicy concepts. CART service will be provided. ASL is available upon request. Receiving requests by March 11 will give us our best chance to fill them. If you have other questions about accessibility, email us at Register online and learn more about Naomi Ortiz via this Google Form. Email us for alternate method of registration if the form is inaccessible. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants. Session will be held on Zoom.

2020 Split This Rock Virtual Poetry Reading Series Videos

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 were featured as audio and text on a rolling basis on Split This Rock's blog Spring-Fall 2020. Check out a list of featured poems on Split This Rock's website

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.