'Split This Rock' Poetry Festival Attracts Visitors
About 500 people came out for the third annual "Split This Rock" Poetry Festival that took place March 22-25 throughout D.C. Attendees traveled across the nation for the festival featuring a number of sessions about writing and poetry.
"Split This Rock" began in 2008 with a purpose of connecting individuals through the art of poetry. This year's festival paid tribute to writer June Jordan, who died in 2002. Sara Browning, director of "Split This Rock," said though she never met Jordan she was inspired by her "fierce honesty" and ability to "go to very difficult places" and be direct in her work. The district has a rich tradition of African-American poets like Langston Hughes and Paul Laurence Dunbar, Browning said.
"Part of our vision at 'Split This Rock' is to celebrate that tradition," Browning said. "Lift it up, make sure people know it, and celebrating June this year is part of that piece of our mission."
Among the poets featured in this year's festival were Sonia Sanchez, Douglas Kearney and Kim Johnson, who appeared at Carlos Rosario High School on March 22.
"For so many 'Split This Rock' is the place where they meet like-minded folks," Browning said. "They build common cause and they have their own courage restored, bolstered for the good work they're doing in their notebooks, on their computers, but also throughout their communities."
For more information about Split This Rock, visit http://www.splitthisrock.org/.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
Recent Howard University News Service News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE
- Marijuana Protest at the White House
- With Justice and Weed for All:
- Against All Odds: Educators in D.C. Change Minds, Stereotypes
- Obama Urges Graduates to Continue Needed Change
- Security Increases as Howard University Prepares for President Obama
- The Long Walk at Howard University
- First Lady Celebrates "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day"
RECENT HOWARD UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Get Involved in Preventing Mosquitoes
- Preparing 21st Century Enterprises for Success in the...
- 7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Wedding Photographer
- Tips for Seniors Who Suffer From Muscle Aches and Pains
- A Safer Alternative to Opioids for Treating Chronic Pain
- How Brand Marketers Drive Lift in Loyalty, Reach
- A New Way to Deal With Dry Mouth
- Tamera Mowry-Housley Encourages Parents to Reclaim Family...
- Rolling Stones Exhibit Rocks Music Fans
- Enhance Your Summer Look With These Style Tips
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Course Hero Welcomes Dr. Arthur Levine to their Advisory Board
- LendEDU 2016 College Students and Personal Finance Study
- FINALS SUCK: JOLLY RANCHER CANDY EMBRACES THE LONGEST, SUCKIEST WEEK OF COLLEGE
- Facebook & America East To Keynote College Sports Summit, June 1-3, GA
- Sodexo Reveals The 20ish Under 20ish Hunger Squad For 2016