SPLIT THIS ROCK INC

Poems of Provocation and Witness

aka Split This Rock   |   Washington, DC   |  www.splitthisrock.org

Mission

Founded in 2008, Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. From our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Sue Scheid

Co Principal Officer

Regie Cabico

Main address

1301 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

26-4559492

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Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.
Every two years, Split This Rock Poetry Festival invites poets, writers, and activists to Washington, DC, for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. The festival features readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, activism — opportunities to imagine a way forward, hone our activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change.
We hope you'll join us for the next Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness in 2020. As people’s movements erupt here at home and throughout the world in response to political repression and environmental degradation, the festival will consider the relationship of poets and poetry to power and to the challenges to power.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Split
This Rock’s Poem of the Week reaches 8,000+
people nationwide (and internationally!) who might not otherwise be reading poetry of provocation
and witness. Teachers are using the poems in classrooms around the country, introducing
young people to contemporary poetry of provocation and witness, and MFA
students are circulating them widely, as are activists and policy experts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Split This Rock’s cornerstone year-round program is the Sunday Kind of Love featured reading and open-mic poetry series hosted monthly with our partner Busboys and Poets. Our goal for the series is to offer poetry programming of a high artistic standard that reflects the diversity of our city and of the series’ audiences and to provide DC poets an opportunity to share the stage with nationally prominent poets.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Split
This Rock poets engage in social justice campaigns, community events,
and fundraisers, infusing the power and complexity of poetic speech into
public life. In the coming year, we plan to focus our social engagement on freedom of
expression for artists and for all. With renewed attacks on artistic
expression, Split This Rock will mobilize poets to use poetry to
creatively speak for artistic freedom and freedom of speech. We will
devise campaigns that effectively demonstrate the necessity for free
expression, while reaching large numbers with the power and emotional
impact of poetry.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Split This
Rock sponsors The
World & Me, a contest for young writers who live or go to school
in the District of Columbia,
encouraging them to write poems relating to family, personal identity, or
politics. Winning and finalist poets read at a community celebration and their poems are published on a broadside distributed free
at the reading. Split This Rock also sponsors the DC Youth Slam
Team, recruiting and training young
spoken word artists, leading each year to competition at Brave New Voices,
the national youth poetry slam. Split This Rock provides artistic
guidance and access to adult poetry mentors and teachers from a wide
variety of poetic backgrounds and styles.
Our goal with all our youth programming is to encourage DC young people to
find their voices; to teach the art and craft of poetry to DC youth; to
share the poetry of DC youth with broad audiences; and to engage DC young
people in conversations with one another and with older poets and mentors
about the range of issues they face in a rapidly changing city and world.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Split This Rock's public reading series is complemented by twice-monthly free poetry workshops hosted at Split This Rock's office at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). In addition to these regularly scheduled free workshops, Split This Rock also hosts master classes and themed workshops series with nationally recognized poets, activists, and educators, allowing us to present prominent poets to whom our community might not otherwise have access.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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SPLIT THIS ROCK INC

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Scheid

Kit Bonson

Abortion Care Network

Sunu Chandy

Charles Doolittle

Julie Enszer

Jennifer James

Danez Smith