Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Split This Rock Call for Proposals

Split This Rock is thrilled to announce a Call for Proposals for panels, workshops, and group readings for the third Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, scheduled for March 22-25, 2012.

Details are below and on the website here:

These participatory events have been true highlights of the first two festivals; we look forward to seeing your great ideas for 2012.


Panel Discussions, Workshops, Themed Group Readings

Deadline: JUNE 30, 2011

We are the ones we have been waiting for. -June Jordan

Split This Rock invites proposals for panel and roundtable discussions, workshops, and themed group readings for our third national poetry festival, scheduled for March 22-25, 2012, in Washington, DC.

As people's movements erupt here at home and throughout the world in response to political repression and environmental degradation, the festival will consider the relationship of poets and poetry to power and to the challenges to power. We are especially interested in proposals that address these questions.

In this vein, Split This Rock welcomes proposals that celebrate the legacy of poet-activist June Jordan, as 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of her death. Such proposals might explore, as Jordan did in her poetry, prose, and activism: the intersection of the personal and political; the overlapping experiences of race, gender, and sexuality in our society; poetic language, including the use of Black English in creative writing and education; and internationalism and the responsibility of the American poet to the struggles of the world's oppressed peoples.

We salute Jordan's pioneering community program at the University of California-Berkeley, Poetry for the People, and invite explorations of its continuing impact. As always, we are interested in hearing about innovative, collaborative, community-oriented poetry programs. Read more about June Jordan at

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

• First, decide on a topic and select the format that will be most appropriate. The Application Form includes a description of the three formats.

• Next, identify (and contact) the participants. Be sure they have agreed to participate before you include their names in your proposal.

• Finally, complete the Application Form (Microsoft Word format) and send it in. The form includes full guidelines. Please don't leave out any of the details.

Email if you have questions as you prepare your proposal.


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