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Thursday March 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday March 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM EDT

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Workshops, panels, and readings are held at venues clustered in the Farragut Square neighborhood of downtown DC, the heart of the capital’s social justice community – events will be at the headquarters of major labor unions and organizations working for peace, justice, and environmental change.

Farragut Square Neighborhood, Washington D.C. 
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

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Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014 invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, activism, the festival offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.  

Online Registration is now CLOSED.

ON-SITE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE!  You may register for the festival at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036) on Thursday, March 27 (8:30am to 5:30pm), Friday, March 28 (8:30am to 5:30pm) and Saturday, March 29 (8:30am to 4pm).

We encourage you to download a hard copy of the form below to fill out ahead of time if you plan to register on-site.  We will also have forms available on site.

Register Now!REGISTRATION FORM: Online registration is preferred but if you have trouble accessing the form, click here for a hard copy.  For assistance, contact Camisha Jones at camisha@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.



Featured Poets:  Sheila Black, Franny Choi, Eduardo C. Corral, Gayle Danley, Natalie Diaz, Joy Harjo, Maria Melendez Kelson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dunya Mikhail, Shailja Patel, Claudia Rankine, Tim Seibles, Myra  Sklarew, Danez Smith, Anne Waldman, and Wang Ping. (Click here to learn how we choose our featured poets.)

Readings, Panels & Workshops:  Visit our website for the most up-to-date information regarding the festival sessions. You can also access information via our mobile app by searching for "Split This Rock" on your smartphone.

Activism:  At every festival, we take poetry to the streets     of the nation’s capital to demand a new world based on justice.

Share Your Poetry:  The festival will include several open mic events.  

Party:  Join fellow poets for food, drink, and dancing at the Saturday night reading afterparty.


We are happy to partner with the Beacon Hotel to offer special discounted rates to festival participants. Located at 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW in DC, the Beacon Hotel is a short walk to all of the festival venues.  To book your stay at the Beacon, click here and reserve your room(s) no later than Tuesday, February 25, 2014.  Make your reservation early as space is limited.


Split This Rock values individuals of all abilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all.  The festival’s four venues and hotel were selected with accessibility in mind, to ensure that people with mobility disabilities can attend.  Large print program books will be available at the festival by request.  If you have questions, suggestions or would like to request accommodation for a particular need, please contact Camisha Jones at camisha@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.  


We depend on volunteers to help make the festival a success!  Those who help for 5 or more hours receive free registration to the festival.  To submit an application to volunteer with Split This Rock, click here.


Split This Rock is happy to offer a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost of registration for people who would not otherwise be able to attend Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2014.  To apply for a scholarship, click here.  For further information, contact Camisha Jones at 202-787-5210 or camisha@splitthisrock.org.

Group Rates

For information on reduced rates for groups of 6 or more, please contact Camisha Jones at 202-787-5210 or camisha@splitthisrock.org.

For More Information

Visit our website by clicking here to learn more about Split This Rock, watch videos from past festivals, connect with our blog, or give a donation.