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Thursday April 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM EDT
Sunday April 17, 2016 at 2:00 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. Be sure to check-In at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum to get your festival experience started!

DC's Farragut Square Neighborhood -Check-in at HRC 
1640 Rhode Island Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

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Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2016

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016 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, and 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 OPEN until March 31, after which on-site registration will be available at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum (1640 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036) on Thursday, April 14 (8:30am to 5:30pm), Friday, April 15 (8:30am to 5:30pm) and Saturday, April 16 (8:30am to 4pm).

EARLY BIRD RATES are available until Sunday, February 14, 2016!

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Volunteers who help for 5 or more hours receive free festival registration! If you'd like to be a volunteer, please complete the VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM BEFORE registering for the festival. (Click here for the form.)

Register Now!REGISTRATION FORM: Online registration is preferred but if you have trouble accessing the form, click here for a hard copy in Word or as a PDF.  Please note, mailed registration forms must be postmarked by Thursday, March 13, 2016. For assistance, contact Tiana Trutna at tiana@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.



Featured Poets: Amal al-Jubouri, Jennifer Bartlett, Jan Beatty, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Regie Cabico, Martha Collins, Dominique Christina, Nikky Finney, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rigoberto González, Linda Hogan, Dawn Lundy Martin, Craig Santos Perez, and Ocean Vuong. Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, will kick off the festival with a special event at the Library of Congress on April 13, and will be part of this gathering of socially engaged poets from his position as a national spokesperson for poetry. (Visit our website to learn how we choose our featured poets and to learn more about the poets.)

Readings, Panels & Workshops: Visit the website for the most up-to-date information regarding the festival sessions. Be on the lookout for the launching of the festival mobile app as well, where you'll be able to access information 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 after-party, hosted by Dark Noise Collective and Busboys and Poets.


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 Monday, March 14, 2016. Make your reservation early as space is limited and sells out quickly.

Split This Rock values individuals of all abilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible to all.
The festival’s 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 or 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 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 2016. To apply for a scholarship, click here and submit the form by March 31. For further information, contact Camisha Jones at 202-787-5210 or camisha@splitthisrock.org.

Group Rates
For information on reduced rates for groups of 8 or more, please contact Tiana Trutna at 202-787-5210 or tiana@splitthisrock.org.

Sponsor the Festival
Split This Rock Poetry Festival is only possible through the generosity of those who support it! Festival sponsors help ensure that featured poet readings remain free, that festival registration is economical, and that scholarships are available to anyone who needs one. If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in investing in the event, visit our website for more information. We are grateful! 

For More Information
Connect with us on our blog, where you'll find a series of interviews with the 2016 festival featured poets. Visit Split This Rock's Youtube channel to watch videos from past festivals. Visit the website to learn more about Split This Rock or make a donation