Monday, January 27, 2014

Registration Now Open for DC's Split This Rock Poetry Festival

I’m pleased to help spread the word about this unique and amazing DC-based festival, Split This Rock, which will take place in DC March 27-30, 2014:

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is DC's premiere poetry event and the only festival of its kind the country, highlighting poets working at the intersection of the imagination and social change.
The festival features readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, open mics, activism -- opportunities for participants to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.  
Poets to be featured at the festival are among the most significant and artistically vibrant writing and performing today: Sheila Black, Franny Choi, Eduardo C. Corral, Gayle Danley, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Maria Melendez Kelson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dunya Mikhail, Shailja Patel, Wang Ping, Claudia Rankine, Tim Seibles, Myra Sklarew, Danez Smith, and Anne Waldman.

Registration rates:
Early-bird: $85
After 2/1/13: $120
Student: $45
Scholarships and group rates are available.

The festival will take place at venues throughout the Farragut Square neighborhood, with featured readings in the Grosvenor Auditorium of the National Geographic headquarters and panels and workshops at the Sumner School, the Wilderness Society, the Human Rights Campaign, and the AFL-CIO.

Major partners are Busboys and Poets, the Institute for Policy Studies, and Teaching for Change.

For registration and more information:

Split This Rock calls poets to the center of public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Its programs integrate poetry into public life and support the poets of all ages who write and perform this essential work. It has been chosen as "one of the best" community-based charities in the DC area by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival is made possible in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Open Society, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz, and Nathan Cummings Foundations. Festival co-sponsors include the Human Rights Campaign, the Jimenez Porter Writers House of the University of Maryland, Letras Latinas, and the Wilderness Society.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.