Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Poetic Resistance Events & Virtual Open Mic - January 2017!

In Washington, DC, for the marches and protests taking place inauguration weekend? Join us in forging a nationwide community for the struggle ahead by participating in these upcoming opportunities:

Image of a Black woman with braided hair at a microphone reading a poem from a book on a stage in front of the Capitol. To her left is part of a banner for Split This Rock Poetry Festival.Virtual Open Mic: Call for Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience
Submit poems by Tuesday, January 31, 2017

As the incoming administration builds its agenda of attack on marginalized people, on freedom of speech, on the earth itself, poetry will continue to be an essential voice of resistance. Poets will speak out in solidarity, united against hatred, systemic oppression, and violence and for justice, beauty, and community.

In this spirit, Split This Rock is offering its blog as a Virtual Open Mic. We invite you to send us poems of resistance, power, and resilience. We will post every poem we receive unless it is considered offensive (Ex: containing language that is derogatory toward marginalized groups, that belittles, uses hurtful stereotypes,etc.). After the Virtual Open Mic closes, we hope to print out and mail all of the poems to the White House.

For guidelines on how to submit poems for this call, visit the Call for Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience blog post.

WRITERS RESIST Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic!
Featuring Annie Kim and Samantha Thornhill
Sunday, January 15, 5-7 pm, $5 online or at the door (if available)
Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St, NW, Washington, DC
Nearby Metro Stop: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

Photo of Annie Kim and Samantha Thornhill
Hosted by Sarah Browning & Katy Richey, this month's featured poets are Annie Kim, author of Into the Cyclorama, and Cave Canem fellow Samantha Thornhill. Open mic follows their readings. Sign up sheet available at the door. 

Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to #WriteOurDemocracy by defending the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democratic society. This month's Sunday Kind of Love will be one of dozens of Writers Resist events happening on January 15 around the country.

Sunday Kind of Love tickets go on sale midnight on January 14! Purchase tickets and learn more at Busboys' website.

Co-Sponsored by Busboys and Poets & Split This Rock. 

Photo of a microphone on stage as an event is about to begin. There are people seated in the room facing the microphone and a few empty seats.Poetry Speak Out: Resistance Open Mic 
Saturday, January 21, 7-9:30 pm
FREE & Open to Public
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW, Washington, DC 
Nearby Metro Stations: Archives/Navy Memorial & Gallery Place/Chinatown

Join poets and social justice organizations to speak out for a free, just, and compassionate democracy. Gowri Koneswaran will serve as event MC. Share a poem, make a friend, build the resistance! To read a poem, sign up in advance online. If the form is not accessible to you, please email Each reader should plan on one poem, up to three minutes long. Space is limited. We can't promise a specific time slot so please plan on attending the entire event. 

Poets who've signed up to read a poem so far: Danielle Badra, Sophie Cabot Black, Laurie Blair, Tara Campbell, Doritt Carroll, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Hayes Davis, Amy Dryansky, Zein El-Amine, Michael Gushue, Camisha Jones, Alan King, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez, Simone Roberts, Joseph Ross, Margaret Rozga, Jeneva Stone, Francisco Luis White

Event is wheelchair accessible and CART service will be provided for the D/deaf and hard of hearing community. The concession stand will be open selling snacks & drinks, including beer & wine. 

Sponsored by Split This Rock, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Institute for Policy Studies. For more info:


The resistance will continue - watch for AWP event details in the days to come. And if you'd like to be involved in organizing, to join a new Split This Rock Social Justice Organizing Committee -- from wherever you live -- please email Sarah Browning directly at

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