STRSarah Browning Getting Down at 30


Split This Rock


Saturday December 15, 2012 from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM EST

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$10 in advance
$20 at the door
Goofy Browning-related sponsorships available!


Local 16
1602 U Street, NW
Washington, DC

U Street/Cardozo Metro Green Line

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Dancing as a Political Act!

Toast Sarah's 50th & Kick Off Split This Rock's 5th

On December 15, Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning is turning 50. The girl just wants to dance!   

Join us as we kick off Split This Rock's 5th anniversary year and toast Sarah's Big 5-0 with a Dance Party! (A little poetry, too...)

  • Doors open 7:30 pm
  • Free drink ticket for the first 50 to show!
  • Short program of poetry & such 8:30 pm
  • Dancing 9-11 pm
  •  Music by DJ Phenomejon
  • $5 drink specials until 10 pm
  • Free munchies, catered by Local 16
  • 2nd Floor Lounge at Local 16

Party tickets:$10 in advance, $20 at the door

All ages! Please let us know any under-21s planning to attend so we can get a head count. 

Special BDay Bash Sponsorships Available:

Baby Activist $15
Includes 1 Ticket 
Sarah, age 5, marches against the Vietnam War. We can’t find a photo of that, so here’s one in which Sarah takes her son Ben to his first demo, for economic justice.Ben

Fashion Faux Pas $20
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 10, on hearing of coup in Chile, commits a fashion faux pas.

Fashion Faux Pas

Socialist Self-Management $25
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 15, lives in Yugoslavia for a year, lusts after comrade to her left.
Socialist Self Management 


Butch $30
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 20, quits school, cuts hair, hits the highway

Butch Sponsor 

Beach Bunny $35
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah as community organizer, age 25, succumbs to the dominant paradigm, grows hair
Beach Bunny 

First Published Poem $40
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 30, celebrates her first publication by shaking her booty
Sarah Browning Getting Down at 30 


Pregnant with Possibility $45
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 35, carries her son Ben, hopes for the future
Preg w Possibility 


DC Poets Against the War $50
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 40, moves to DC, can’t take the war-mongering, forms DC Poets Against the War
DC PAW marching group 2005


Split This Rock Rocks $55
Includes 1 Ticket
Sarah, age 45, joins forces with some of the coolest people on earth, founds Split This Rock
STR founders at White House 


50 is the New Bad-Ass $60
Includes 2 Tickets
Sarah, 50, asks for donations, rocks her new dress
50 is the new bad ass


25 More Years! $75
Includes 2 Tickets
Sarah, 75, retires, joins Raging Grannies
Raging Grannies


In Memoriam (Probably!) $100+
Includes 2 Tickets
Sarah, 100+, lies a-mouldering in the grave, but Split This Rock goes marching on!
In memoriam sponsor 


Can't make it? We'll miss you, but you can still wish Sarah a happy 50th birthday with a gift to Split This Rock! Just click  here to make a tax-deductible contribution. Thank you!


Split This Rock calls poets to the center of 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. Split This Rock’s programs integrate poetry into public life and support the poets who write and perform this vital work.

Sarah Browning is Executive Director of Split This Rock, author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007), and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). The recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, she has also received a Creative Communities Initiative grant and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. Sarah has worked as a community organizer in Boston public housing and as a political organizer for reproductive rights, gay rights, and electoral reform, and against poverty, South African apartheid, and U.S. militarism. She was founding director of Amherst Writers & Artists Institute — creative writing workshops for low-income women and youth — and Assistant Director of The Fund for Women Artists, an organization supporting socially engaged art by women. She has written essays and interviewed poets and artists for a variety of publications.

We regret that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. If you have a mobility disability and would like to attend, please contact us to discuss possible arrangements at of 202-787-5210.