Friday, September 07, 2007

 

Split This Rock Invites Panel Proposals

Split This Rock Poetry Festival
CALL FOR PANEL DISCUSSION PROPOSALS


Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national community of activist poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation’s capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness
March 20-23, 2008, Washington, DC


Split This Rock Poetry Festival will bring poets and writers to Washington DC on the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, in the midst of the presidential election. The festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, activism, and walking tours - opportunities to build community, hone our activist skills, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change. To read more about the festival, see our website at: http://www.splitthisrock.org/.

In addition to featured readings by guest poets, Split this Rock invites proposals for panel discussions and workshops on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us. Let’s talk about craft, let’s talk about mentoring young poets, let’s talk about working in prisons, connecting with the activist community, sustaining ourselves in dark times, the role of poetry in wartime. Let’s remember great poet activists and discover new, let’s think international, visual, collaborative, out of the box.

A panel may consist of 3-4 persons, with one person designated as facilitator. Please title your panel and include brief biographical information for each participant, along with a two paragraph description of your panel—what are the questions you wish to explore—why is this conversation timely and necessary at this time—how will this panel further the goals of Split This Rock? How are the members of your panel uniquely qualified to lead a conversation on your proposed topic?

We have a strong interest in interactive conversation and community building, so please indicate how you will involve participants in the discussion.

Please note that panel presenters must register for Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Some scholarships will be available. There is no limit to the number of proposals you may send, but please be sure that all proposed presenters have agreed to be part of your proposed panel. Also, we are a small, mostly volunteer group, so please send only your favorite ideas.

Send proposals in the body of an email to: info@splitthisrock.org by December 1, 2007. Please include full contact information for yourself and all proposed panel presenters. Please use or recreate the attached form. Just copy or retype the questions into an email and paste or write your answers in. You may also mail your proposal to: Split This Rock Panel Proposal, 1112 16th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20036. Please be sure to save a copy of your proposal, as emails do sometimes go astray. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal, with a timeline for hearing back.

Questions? Email us at info@splitthisrock.org. We look forward to reading your proposal!

Split This Rock Poetry Festival
PANEL DISCUSSION PROPOSAL FORM

PANEL TITLE:

Convener/Facilitator Name:
Mailing Address:

Email Address:
Phone:

Participant Name:
Mailing Address:

Email Address:
Phone:

Participant Name:
Mailing Address:

Email Address:
Phone:

Participant Name:
Mailing Address:

Email Address:
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1. Please include a one paragraph bio for each participant.




2. Please describe in 250 words or less the purpose of your panel.





3. Describe your method for involving festival participants in the panel.

Comments:
I am so happy to stumble upon your blog while googling Naomi Shihab Nye's poem "Dictionary in the Dark." I've wondered how the poets were crying out, but I had not discovered anything yet. I'm happy to know that activist poets are getting together and challenging this awful war. I'll check out the Split this Rock site more. THANKS!
 
Hi Ciona,

Great to hear from you. Hope we see you at Split This Rock in March. Should be rocking!

best,
Sarah
 
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