Monday, April 2, 2018

#SplitThisRock2018 Sessions: Disability & Neurodiversity

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2018 invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for three days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. The festival features readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, activism—opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.

On-site registration is available every day during the festival at the festival hub: National Housing Center, 1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005. A sliding scale of fees is available for full registration, beginning at $200. Student registration (with ID) is $75. One day passes are $85. Two-day passes are $170. 

Full festival schedule with session descriptions is available on the websiteThe Festival Mobile App is Live! Download the free app  for iOS and Android today for easy access to the schedule, session descriptions, presenter bios, and more! Just search your app store for Split This Rock. 

We are pleased to present a selection of sessions on themes related to disability and neurodiversity.

Wordplay: Poetry & Self-Advocacy for Youth with Autism (Workshop)
Presenter: Donnie Welch
Thursday, April 19, 1:30- 3 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Conference Room

The Deaf Poets Society Reading (Reading)

Presenters: The Deaf Poets Society Editor Natalie Illum and readers Jay Besemer, Camisha Jones, Jill Khoury, Sari Krosinsky, Maria R. Palacios, Divya Persaud, and Naomi Thiers
Thursday, April 19, 3:30-5 pm
National Housing Center Room C

Hacking Norms & the Contested BodyMind (Panel)

Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Travis Chi Wing Lau, Jim Ferris, Molly McCully Brown, Susannah Nevison, Jillian Weise
Friday, April 20, 1:30-3 pm
Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives Conference Room

Sick/Disabled Realities: Striving Poetics of Ache, Interdependence & Survival (Panel)

Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Tyler Vile
Friday, April 20, 3:30-5 pm
American Association of University Women Room 1

"Against Death What Other Stay Than Love": Disabled Poets Read (Reading)

Presenters: Sandra Beasley, Meg Day, Constance Merritt, Khadijah Queen, Jillian Weise
Saturday, April 21, 9-10:30 am
National Housing Center Room C

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