- This event has passed.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation and Witness
March 10, 2010 @ 5:00 pm - March 14, 2010 @ 1:30 am
As the country continues to grapple with two wars, the economic crisis, and social and environmental ills, Split This Rock offers participants opportunities to speak out, make common cause, and explore the many ways poets are working for change through their writing, activism, and community work. Co-Director Sarah Browning said, “At times of crisis, poetry that looks directly at our world and struggles to understand, to bridge differences, to imagine other possibilities than those endlessly repeated by politicians and pundits is more important than ever.”
The three-day-long festival will be held primarily in the historic U Street neighborhood, and feature poetry readings, open mic sessions, workshops, a social change book fair, and much more. Click here for the full event schedule and locations.
Featured poets are Chris Abani, Lillian Allen, Sinan Antoon, Francisco Aragón, Jan Beatty, Martha Collins, Cornelius Eady, Martín Espada, Andrea Gibson, Allison Hedge Coke, Natalie Illum, Fady Joudah, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Richard McCann, Jeffrey McDaniel, Lenelle Moïse, Nancy Morejón, Mark Nowak, Wang Ping, Patricia Smith, Arthur Sze, Quincy Troupe, and Bruce Weigl. Biographies, photos, sample poems, and interviews are available upon request.
Major contributors to the festival are Busboys and Poets, the Institute for Policy Studies, DC Poets Against the War, and Teaching for Change. Please click here to register for the event.