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Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 11:00 PM EDT

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Featured Reading Venue To Be Announced

Visit George Washington University's Cloyd Heck Marvin Center to check in and to attend workshops, panels, and readings.

George Washington University's Cloyd Heck Marvin Center - Festival Hub
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020 (March 26-28) calls poets, writers, educators, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for three days of readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, a book fair, open mics, and activism. Featuring some of the most socially significant and artistically vibrant poets today, the festival offers opportunities to speak boldly for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can be a practice for social change.

Online Registration is OPEN until Friday, February 28, after which on-site registration will be available March 27-28 at the featured reading venue (to be announced) and the festival hub, the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center at George Washtington University, located at 800 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052. Specific on-site registration times to be announced. 

Early Bird Rates are available until Friday, January 31, 2020.

ABOUT FESTIVAL REGISTRATION FEES: Split This Rock is committed to making the Poetry Festivals financially accessible. We keep fees low, offer a registration subsidy fund, and provide opportunities to attend the Festival for free through volunteering. Historically, income from registration fees covers less than a third of Festival costs, so we now provide registration options to better support the Festival. We estimate the cost of the Festival to be at least $300 per person, and we invite everyone who is able to pay at that level. For those with a greater capacity, please consider giving an additional amount to cover subsidized registrations and the full cost of the Festival. You can also help us keep Split This Rock Poetry Festival financially accessible by recruiting people and organizations in your network to sponsor the Festival, purchase program book ads, and reserve a table at the Book Fair. Contact poetryfest@splitthisrock.org for more information.

You can also donate directly to Split This Rock to support all programs. Whether you're able to give or not, we thank you mightily for the ways you carry and embody the work of Split This Rock. Donations can be made online at Split This Rock's website

SPONSOR THE FESTIVAL: Show your support for poetry of conscience by becoming a sponsor for the Festival. Showcase your organization or institution on Festival print and promotional materials, while helping to cover costs! A variety of giving levels are available. Sponsorship comes with unique perks and is a powerful show of solidarity, bringing poetry to the center of public life, where it belongs. Visit the online form for an overview of options.

ACCESSIBILITY: Split This Rock values individuals with disabilities and strives to make its programs and materials accessible. All the Festival's venues are wheelchair accessible. Large print program books will be available at the Festival by request. Featured Poet readings will include ASL interpreters. We urge all attendees to help keep the Festival spaces fragrance free. A more detailed description of Festival accessibility can be found at Split This Rock's websiteIf you have questions, suggestions, or an accommodation request, please contact us at access@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210. We ask that accommodation requests for Split This Rock Poetry Festival be submitted by February 28 or sooner. Advance notice allows us to seek out and offer more options to fill requests.

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 no later than Friday, February 14, 2020. For assistance, contact Split This Rock at poetryfest@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.

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Volunteer & Receive Free Festival Registration - Apply by January 31: We depend on volunteers to make the Festival a success! People who help for 3 1/2 or more hours receive free registration to the Festival. Visit Submittable to send in your application to volunteer at the Festival. If Submittable is not accessible to you, visit Split This Rock's website for alternate application instructions. Spots are limited -- apply by January 31, 2020!

Registration Subsidy Fund - Apply by February 21: Split This Rock is happy to offer a limited number of subsidy fund awards to cover the cost of registration for people who would not otherwise be able to attend Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020. Applications may be submitted online via Submittable. If Submittable is not accessible to you, visit Split This Rock's website for instructions to apply by mail or email. For further information, contact us at poetryfest@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.

Sarah Browning Travel Scholarship - Apply by February 10: It's important to us that the cost of travel to Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020 isn't prohibitive. In honor of founding director Sarah Browning and with the generous support of her family, Split This Rock is thrilled to offer scholarships to support travel and lodging for four (4) people to attend Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2020. Awards cover the cost of travel and lodging only. To apply, complete the online application form at Submittable. If Submittable is not accessible to you, you may submit your request by email or post mail. For accessible application instructions, please visit Split This Rock's website

Group Rates: For information on reduced rates for groups of 10 or more, please contact us at 202-787-5210 or poetryfest@splitthisrock.org.

Reserve a room with Festival hotel partner by February 25! 
Make your reservation at Eaton DC by Tuesday, February 25 to receive special Festival rates. Secure your room online or by phone at 1-844-863-6144. Space is limited. Visit Split This Rock's website for additional information and other lodging options.


Want to Donate to Split This Rock? Your contributions supports our work to provide opportunities for people to attend the Festival, regardless of income, and sustains Split This Rock as an organization. Donations are tax deductible and you may give at whatever level you are most comfortable online. Whether you're able to give or not, we thank you mightily for the ways you hold up the work of Split This Rock!

For More Information: Visit Split This Rock's YouTube channel for videos from past Festivals. Visit the website to learn more about Split This Rock. If you have questions, contact us at poetryfest@splitthisrock.org or 202-787-5210.