Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
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Split This Rock 10th Anniversary
Master Class Series

Ross Gay
June 24 | 2-5 pm  

A black man stands to the right of the frame. He is wearing a blue tshirt and looks off into the distance and smiling. The background is out of focus but shows an outdoor scene with trees a bridge and a lamp post.

A Small Needful Fact

Is that Eric Garner worked
for some time for the Parks and Rec.
Horticultural Department, which means,
perhaps, that with his very large hands,
perhaps, in all likelihood,
he put gently into the earth
some plants which, most likely,
some of them, in all likelihood,
continue to grow, continue
to do what such plants do, like house
and feed small and necessary creatures,
like being pleasant to touch and smell,
like converting sunlight
into food, like making it easier
for us to breathe.

--Ross Gay

In celebration of Split This Rock's 10th Anniversary this year and to raise funds for the organization's essential work, Split This Rock’s Board of Directors is hosting an exciting series of writing classes featuring some of the most celebrated and inspiring poets in the Split This Rock family. Classes are open to writers of all levels of experience and led by poets who have featured at past Split This Rock festivals. Danez Smith and Tim Seibles facilitated the first two writing experiences, both of which were dynamic evenings of writing and community.

We are thrilled to announce that Ross Gay, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and National Book Award finalist, has generously agreed to lead the third class in the series. Space is limited to 20 individuals who donate $100 to Split This Rock. If you’re able to give $250 or more, you’ll also receive the April issue of Poetry magazine signed by all 13 poets who featured at Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2018 – a collector’s item!

Split This Rock's 10th Anniversary Master Class with Ross Gay will be held in Washington, DC, on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2-5pm.  You may wish to attend the class yourself, donate this experience to someone as a gift, or donate it back to a youth poet or someone within the Split This Rock community who would not be able to attend otherwise. Either way, you will be supporting the overall work of Split This Rock and an afternoon of great writing and learning together with one of our poetry superstars.


Ross Gay was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He is the author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); and Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006). He is also the co-author of the chapbooks Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens (with Aimee Nezhukumatathil) and River (with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.). He currently teaches English at Indiana University, where he serves as Director of Creative Writing. Ross Gay featured at Split This Rock Festival in 2016.

Visit Split This Rock's website to learn more about its work or read other poems by Ross Gay.


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Founded in March 2008, Split This Rock is a national non-profit, based in DC, that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes change.

Split This Rock programs include readings, open mics, workshops, poetry contests, awards, an online social justice poetry database, a Poem of the Week series, youth slam festivals, school-based activities, campaigns to integrate poetry into movements for social change, and the award-winning DC Youth Slam Team. Our cornerstone program, Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, is a unique biennial event featuring three days of readings, workshops, discussions, youth voices & activism.