Media Advisory Poem: Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness Brings Poetry of the 99% to Nation’s Capital

Washington DC –

Split This Rock is coming soon!
A poetry festival to make you swoon.
March twenty-second through twenty-fifth
Poems by and for the ninety-nine percent.

Alice Walker will perform
and make you glad that you were born,
and Homero Aridjis, of Spanish-language acclaim,
and Venus Thrash, of DC fame.

The Black Arts Movement’s Sonia Sanchez,
Spoken word superstar Carlos Andres Gomez,
Kathy Engel, Khaled Mattawa, Naomi Shihab Nye,
Jose Padua, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Sherwin Bitsui,

and many more will grace the stage,
to slam, to teach, to read from a page.
Over 60 events – check our website!
We got readings and panels and open mics.

“Come to listen, read, write, or gawk,”
said Sarah Browning, of Split This Rock.
“Like Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring,
poetry opens our eyes and lets us sing.”

Last time, 500 poets and friends
came from across the globe to attend.
Inequality, the environment, and political repression
will be explored through poetic expression.

So hurry and get your festival pass.
We got early-bird tickets, but they won’t last.
Head to the website if you want to learn more;
It’s www.splitthisrock.org.

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