Monday, December 14, 2009


2010 Festival Registration Now Open! Same Low Rates as 2008!

Split This Rock Poetry Festival invites poets, writers, artists, activists, dreamers, and all concerned world citizens to Washington, DC, for poetry, community building, and creative transformation as our country continues to grapple with two wars, a crippling economic crisis, and other social and environmental ills.

From March 10 through March 13, 2010, the festival will feature readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, film, activism -- opportunities to speak out for social justice, imagine a way forward, and celebrate the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for social change.

Space is limited and registration fees increase after February 10, 2010. Please register early to reserve your spot! If you can't make it to the entire festival, one-day registrations are available.

In these tough economic times, we've kept the same low rates of $75 for festival passes, $40 for students. Rates go up February 10, so act now! And please help others attend by making an additional gift. Every dollar helps!

We offer a limited number of scholarships. Please read the Scholarship Guidelines and send us your application before February 20 (postmark deadline).

Please contact us if you need help with registration or need registration forms in an alternate format.

Visit the website for the program and schedule -- and keep checking back; we're adding information every day.

We can't wait to see you in March!

In peace and poetry,
Split This Rock

Looking for Lodging?

SpaceShare -- Split Your Car, Split Your Room, Go Green Thanks to the generous partnership of SpaceShare, you can find a hotel roommate, find a ride or a room, share space in your car, or offer a room in your home.
Just go to to sign up.

Also, we are pleased to announce the Beacon Hotel as the "official" hotel for Split This Rock Poetry Festival in 2010. Beacon's rates are modest compared to area hotels.
Reserve a room online or call 800-821-4367 (mention Split This Rock for our reduced rate).
For every reservation that mentions Split This Rock, Beacon will donate 5% of the room rate to Split This Rock.

Reservations at this rate are on a first-come, first-served basis through January 25, 2010. The Wednesday and Thursday rate is $209/night; Friday and Saturday rate is $129/night; and Sunday's rate is $189.

Visit the Where To Stay page for more options and details!

Spread The Word!

Please forward this email to your networks and post on your blog and Facebook page. We have beautiful post cards, too. Can you spread them around your community? Email us at with your snail mail address and we'll get them in the mail to you right away. Thanks!

2010 Adult Poetry Contest - less than one month to go!
Split This Rock is pleased to announce our third annual poetry contest, to be judged by Chris Abani, one of our featured poets for the 2010 festival. First place $500; 2nd and 3rd place, $250 each. Winning poems will be published on, and the 1st-place winner will be invited to read the winning poem at Split This Rock Poetry Festival in March 2010. Deadline: January 4, 2010. See the website for guidelines:

Call for Film and Video
Submit your original films or videos for the 2nd Split This Rock Poetry Festival, to be held March 2010. We are looking for artistic, experimental, and challenging film/video interpretations of poetry that explore critical social issues. Entries can be up to 15 minutes long. Deadline: January 15, 2010. See the website for guidelines and required entry form:

Support Split This Rock
Please support Split This Rock, the national network of activist poets. Donations are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Institute for Policy Studies. Click here to donate. Or send a check payable to "IPS/Split This Rock" to: Split This Rock, c/o Institute for Policy Studies, 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036. Many thanks!

Contact for more details or to become a sponsor.

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