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Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM EDT
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Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater - Molly Smith Study
1101 6th Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

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Claudia Rojas
Split This Rock

2019 DC Youth Slam Team GRAND SLAM FINALS 

Join Split This Rock Youth Programs for the DC Youth Slam Team GRAND SLAM FINALS featuring Mahogany L. Browne at the famous Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater! Don't miss this opportunity to hear the next generation of socially engaged poets speak their minds. The top youth poets from the DC area compete in two rounds of performance poetry at  to determine who will be on the 2019 DC Youth Slam Team and represent DC at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Nevada this summer. 

March 23, 2018, 8-10 pm
Arena Stage at The Mead Center for American Theater
Molly Smith Study 
1101 Sixth Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


Advance Tickets: $20

Youth Advance Tickets (18 and under): $5

Tickets at the door:
Adult Tickets: $25
Youth Tickets (18 and under): $10


T-Shirts: For a limited time, buy a Split This Rock 10th Anniversary t-shirt or Hyper Bole 2019 t-shirt (limited sizing) for $10 with the purchase of your event ticket!

ACCESSIBILITY: The venue is wheelchair accessible. CART service is being provided. Hard copies of poems to be read will be available upon request. For accessibility questions or accommodation requests, please contact Split This Rock at access@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.

If this online form is not accessible to you, please contact claudia@splitthisrock.org or call 202-787-5210/5279 and we'll be happy to provide an alternate method of securing tickets.

About Mahogany L. Browne

Black and white image of Mahogany L Browne. Her head is tilted slightly back and she appears to be ready to say something. Her right palm is on her chest and her left palm is on her belly. She wears a black long sleeved blouse and hoop earrings.
Photo credit Kia Dyson.

Mahogany L. Browne is a California born, Brooklyn based writer, educator, activist, mentor, and curator. She is co-editor of The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018) and author of several poetry collections and chapbooks, including Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2018). Her work has appeared in pluck!, The Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database, and others. She has been featured on the PBS NewsHour segment Brief But Spectacular reading her poem “Black Girl Magic” and on HBO’s Brave New Voices as the artistic director at Urban Word NYC. Browne is the publisher of Penmanship Books, curator of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Slam, founder of the Women Writers of Color Reading Room, and the Director of Black Lives Matter at Pratt Institute. A Cave Canem Fellow and an Agnes Gund Fund Recipient, Browne has toured internationally as a member of Global Poetics, an international arts exchange. Visit her website for more info.


About the DC Youth Slam Team

Flyer for DC Youth Slam Team Grand Slam Finals on March 23. Background includes several images of youth poets. In four photos the poets are at microphones and wear Split This Rock tshirts. One image includes a poet reaching towards the sky in a crowd.

Split This Rock's award-winning DC Youth Slam Team uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. Annually, through a series of performance poetry competitions, called slams, held throughout the city, Split This Rock selects a team of youth between the ages of 13 and 19 to serve as ambassadors for Split This Rock and the DC metro area. Members of the DCYST are coached on writing and performance; speak out on social issues; serve as leaders within Split This Rock Youth Programs; participate in youth poetry gatherings such as Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival where the team took 1st place in 2014; and travel to perform regionally, nationally, and periodically abroad. Learn more about the team at Split This Rock's website and the DC Youth Slam Team YouTube channel. (Photos in collage by Rebekkah Leigh LaBlue)

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This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

Grand Slam Finals is also presented as part of "What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy," the third annual programming initiative of the Poetry Coalition. Read more at our website.