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January 27, 2014


Early-bird rates for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 27-30, 2014 expire Saturday!

Click here to register today and save $35. Only $85 now; $120 after Februrary 1. Only $45 for students.

Need inspiration? You can watch video of 2012 featured poet Rachel McKibbens reading "Tom Boy" and clips of all the 2012 readings here.

We also hope to see many of you at the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), February 27-March 1, in Seattle. Split This Rock will be at Table BB38 in the bookfair with haiku post cards to president Obama and a drawing for a free festival registration.

We'll also be presenting two official conference programs: A 2014 festival preview reading with Natalie Diaz, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, and Wang Ping on Saturday at noon and an interactive workshop on Thursday at 1:30 pm on "Engaging Youth with Slam Poetry and Spoken Word," with Elizabeth Acevedo, Josh Healey, Pages Matam,  and Jonathan Tucker

Read on for more details. Poetry is everywhere!

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Join Split This Rock at AWP in Seattle
February 27-March 1, 2014
Table BB38
2 Conference Presentations

Splitistas Katy Richey & Jonathan B. Tucker sporting their 2012 festival T shirts at AWP 2013

Visit us at Table BB38

Splitistas -- like the two friendly and brilliant ones pictured above -- will be on hand to meet you and tell you more about our efforts to bring poetry to the center of public life - where it belongs! Stop by to write a Haiku Post Card to President Obama and to enter a drawing for a free registration to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014.
Two Split This Rock Conference Presentations

Poems of Provocation & Witness
Saturday, March 1, noon-1:15 pm
Room 301, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3

Sarah Browning, Natalie Diaz, Danez Smith, Patricia Smith, Wang Ping

Leonard Bernstein wrote, "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." Poets today are looking without flinching at our world of drones, evictions, gun shows, and violence to the earth, as they tell the many stories of our lives. Happily, too, they are imagining alternatives and provoking change. A reading of intense and striking music, in the spirit of Split This Rock, with Patricia Smith providing opening remarks.

Engaging Youth with Slam Poetry and Spoken Word
Thursday, February 27, 1:30-2:45 pm
Room 604, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6

Pages Matam, Jonathan Tucker, Josh Healey, Elizabeth Acevedo

As performance poetry and slam competition grows in popularity, many organizations are using the energetic and entertaining format of slam to engage, inspire, and motivate young students. In this interactive workshop, leading youth workers will discuss the benefits and challenges of slam poetry programs and facilitate dialogue among participants about best practices and how to reach and motivate more students using poetry. 
The full conference program and schedule are here.

Register for Split This Rock 2014 - Then
Help Spread the Word!
Six more days for Early Bird rates - 
Register here today!

Split This Rock runs on people power. Please tell your friends and networks!
  • Post an announcement to your Facebook, Twitter, or blog.
  • Send post cards to your friends and colleagues and/or leave stacks at libraries, cafes, and bookstores. Contact Camisha Jones to get a stack:
  • Teach? A student? Have your institution sponsor a group of students for a special group rate. Contact Camisha at the email above or 202-787-5210.
  • Want to sponsor? It's a great way to support the festival and get lots of visibility with leaders in the literary and social justice worlds. Contact Sarah Browning at for more information.
  • Other ideas? Contact Camisha or Sarah - we'd love your help!
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Please support Split This Rock, the national network of activist poets. Donations are fully tax-deductible.

Click here to donate. Or send a check payable to "Split This Rock" to: Split This Rock, c/o Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Many thanks!

Contact for more details or to become a sponsor.

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