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Saturday October 1, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Institute for Policy Studies Conference Room 
1301 Connecticut Ave NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

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Argument with the Self and the World: A Poetry Workshop with Patrick Rosal 

  Photo of Patrick Rosal_ a bald asian man with a neutral expression standing looking off into the distance.  He wears a beige long sleeved button up shirt with light blue and white embroidery.

In this workshop, participants will read poems for their argument—not intellectual or legal arguments exactly, but poetic arguments. What kinds of arguments can a poem make that litigation or ad copy can't? How does a poem make an argument in images? Can a poet make beauty of dissent, not just with "the world," but with "the self"? Workshop will include a combination of reading, discussion, and writing. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcomed! No experience necessary. 


Patrick Rosal is the author of four full-length poetry collections. His newest book, Brooklyn Antediluvian, was called by Publisher’s Weekly an earth-shattering performance.” Patricia Smith says of the collection, “The poet’s wide-aloud love song to New York’s most boisterous borough is a deftly-crafted tour-de-force, a sleek melding of lyric and unflinching light.” He also is the author of Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive. His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award.

The nearest metro station is DuPont Circle. The building is wheelchair accessible. A volunteer will be available at the door as the building locks on weekends. Participants are encouraged to arrive on time. Those who arrive late may need to text or call 202-445-0536 to be let in.

Split This Rock is happy to offer a limited number of scholarships for people who would not otherwise be able to attend the poetry workshop. To be considered for a scholarship, please submit this online form by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23. 

Patrick Rosal's visit is in collaboration with George Mason University's 2016 Fall for the Book Festival.There are two additional events being offered that are free and open to the public:

  • Patrick Rosal Reading,  September 30, 4-5:15pm, George Mason University, Sandy Spring Bank Tent, Johnson Center North Plaza Rogers, 4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Patrick Rosal Reading, October 1, 6-7:30pm, Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW, Washington, DC

Should you have any questions, contact us at info@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.