On the occasion of the publication of her second book of poems, Killing Summer, Split This Rock co-founder and Executive Director Sarah Browning is joined by Institute for Policy Studies Board Chair Tope Folarin for a discussion of the role poetry plays in movements for social change. With selected readings from Killing Summer and local beer. Wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and light appetizers will also be provided.
Sarah Browning is the author of two books of poems, Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry, 2017) and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and co-editor of the anthology, D.C. Poets Against the War (2004). She is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and POETRY magazine. Since 2006, Browning has co-hosted the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets. She previously worked supporting socially engaged women artists with WomenArts and developing creative writing workshops with low-income women and youth with Amherst Writers & Artists. She has been an organizer in public housing communities and a grassroots political organizer on a host of social and political issues.