Thursday, August 28, 2014


What an an exciting season for poetry it is in our nation's capital! Allow us to share a few reasons why.

DC poetry wins!

Photo by Outlier Imagery

In case you missed it: DC now holds 2 poetry slam titles! One of them, we're proud to say belongs to Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Team, which took first place at the 2014 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. Check out videos of their performances here.

The other title belongs to the adults of the Beltway Poetry Slam team as the 2014 National Poetry Slam champs! 

Now to build the 2015 teams!  Learn how you or a young person you know can become part of the 2015 DC Youth Slam Team here.

Fabulous New Split This Rock Events!  

The coming months are filled with opportunities for you to write, listen, cheer, converse, submit. Check out these upcoming Split This Rock events: 
  • National Book Festival Youth Slam: Stage [Hearts] PageAugust 30 • 6-7:30pm • FREE. Poetry & Prose Pavilion, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW (DC). More here. FB event page here.

  • NEW Writing Workshop Series. Held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, starting September 3 • 6:30-8:30pm • $5. We'll bring the writing prompts. You bring the creativity! Drop in - No RSVP required. Open to ALL ages and levels of experience. More here.
  • Monthly House Party Series Begins. September 20 • 3-5pm • FREE. Hosted by Andy and Marjan Shallal, this event will be the first in a monthly series spreading the word about the work of Split This Rock. Come to have fun but also to hear why others choose to invest in Split This Rock and consider joining with them. RSVP is required. Address will be supplied once you register here. Space is limited
Poetry Workshop led by Linda Hogan. Sept. 14 • 2-4:30pm • $25 - scholarships availableInstitute for Policy Studies Conference Rm, 1112 16th St. NW (DC). Register here.

Linda Hogan Reading (DC). Sept. 14 • 6:30-8pm • $5. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW (DC). A Fall for the Book event.

Linda Hogan Reading (VA) at Fall for the Book festival. Sept. 15 • 4:30-5:45pm • FREEGeorge Mason University Johnson Ctr. Plaza, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA.

  • Poetic & Intellectual Freedom Panel Discussion at Fall for the Book festival. Sept. 16 • 4:30-5:45pm • FREE. George Mason University Johnson Ctr. Plaza, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA• 3-5pm • FREE. 
  • Sunday Kind of Love (Monthly).  3rd Sunday of every month • 5-7pm • $5Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, D.C. Check out our website for the line up of our monthly featured artists. Hermine Pinson and TJ Jarrett feature on September 21. Click here for tickets.
  • Youth Slams, Writing Workshops, Open Mics & Other Special Events. Stay tuned to the DC Youth Slam Team Facebook page to find out about lots of new and ongoing events for young writers. Some upcoming events include: An interest meeting for teachings and other school staff interested in bringing Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam activities to their school (Sept. 8, 6pm), poetry slams (Sept. 12, 7pm / Sept. 17, 5pm), and a writing group (Sept. 24, 6pm). Click here for more info.

Don't Forget The Deadlines!
  • Annual Poetry Contest. Submissions accepted until November 1! Info here.
  • Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016: April 14-17, 2016.
There's SO much poetry in store! We hope you'll be able to participate!

In Peace & Poetry,
Split This Rock 

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