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Dear Friends,

Can you believe it?! It's March already, which means Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness is right around the corner, March 27-30. We hope you plan on joining us. Register today!

We're also excited to let you know about a few exciting events happening this month:

Tonight! March 5 - Al-Mutanabbi St. Starts Here Reading 6-8:30pm.

Tuesday March 11- Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Happy Hour Fundraiser @ The Petworth Citizen! 6-8pm.

Sunday March 16 - Sunday Kind of Love, featuring Yona Harvey & Mary-Sherman Willis. 5-7pm.

Tuesday March 18 - Split This Rock Managing Director Camisha Jones features at Busboys & Poets 14th & V St Tuesday Night Open Mic! 9-11pm.
Read on for more details for all these events!
Hope to see you there.

In peace and poetry,

Split This Rock 
Al-Mutanabbi Street
Starts Here
Commemorative Reading

Wednesday March 5

Busboys & Poets 14th & V St. NW 
Al-Mutanabbi St promo flyer

Zein El-Amine, Sarah Browning, Elana Casey, Mariam Coker, E. Ethelbert Miller, Mousa Al-Naseri, Nahid Navab, Casey Smith, Susan Tichey, and other readers!

Free and open to the public. Light refreshments to be provided by Busboys and Poets.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March, 2016, throughout the Washington, DC, area. Exhibits, programs, and events will commemorate the 2007 bombing of Baghdad's historic bookselling street, celebrating the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and standing in solidarity with the people of Iraq and everywhere that free expression is threatened.

Co-sponsored by Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, George Mason University School of Art, and the Corcoran School of Art + Design.

Poster was designed by the al-Mutanabbi Street Book Artist, Despina Meimaroglou, Athens, Greece.
Petworth Citizen Happy Hour
& Pep Rally for  
Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014!
HH banner Tuesday March 11
Petworth Citizen
829 Upshur St. NW  

10% of food and drink proceeds go to
Split This Rock!

Join the Split This Rock team at Petworth Citizen Tuesday, March 11, 6-8 pm, to get pumped up for the fast-approaching Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014. Mingle with Split This Rock staff, interns, and volunteers, learn about opportunities to get involved with this year's festival, and hear a few fabulous Splitista poets spit a poem or two. Or just come out for the great cocktails. We don't want to wait for the festival to hang out with all of the wonderful people who make it happen!

Petworth Citizen is donating 10% of food and drink proceeds from 6 to 8 pm to Split This Rock. Word on the street is they have an incredible chorizo burger, if you're into that sort of thing...

Check out Petworth Citizen's website:  

A huge thank you to Petworth Citizen for having us and for supporting Split This Rock.

The event is wheelchair accessible.  
March Sunday Kind of Love
Featuring: Yona Harvey & Mary-Sherman Willis
Sunday March 16, 2014

Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hosted by
Sarah Browning & Katy Richey
$5 online or at the door

As always, open mic follows!
Bring a poem!

Co-Sponsored by   
Busboys and Poets & 
Split This Rock

Yona Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water. Her poems can be found in various journals and anthologies, including A Poet's Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry. In 2013 she baked two very good chocolate layer cakes from scratch-with homemade frosting. In 2014 she will tackle the elusive lemon pound cake. She is an Assistant Professor of English at The University of Pittsburgh, and her website is  

Mary-Sherman Willis's books of poems include Caveboy (Artist's Proof Editions, 2012) and Graffiti Calculus (CW Books, 2013). Her poems and reviews have appeared in the New Republic, the Hudson Review, the Iowa Review, Shenandoah, the Cortland Review, and Poet Lore, among others, and in various anthologies and poetry websites. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, serves on the board of the O.B Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library, teaches creative writing at George Washington University, and lives in D.C, and Rappahannock Co., VA. See
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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!

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