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Poetry Will Occupy the Nation’s Capital

Split This Rock, a progressive literary festival, will convene March 22-25 to honor the tenth anniversary of poet-activist June Jordan’s death and rekindle the OWS movement in the nation’s capital.

The biannual literary festival has evolved from a decidedly local group of D.C.-based poet-activists (DC Poets Against the War) who spoke out against the double wars that began in the Bush administration. It has grown into a world-class literary festival that’s considered a leader in the progressive literary movement.

“With activists in the streets all over the world,” says Sarah Browning, director of Split This Rock, “what better time to remember our sister-in-the-struggle, the visionary, revolutionary poet June Jordan, who died too young–10 years ago.”

Imagine Woodstock, only more urbane and diverse, instead of music (though some poets would argue that their verse is in fact musical) there will be poems of provocation and witness being mouthed from one of the most diverse poetry offerings–anywhere. The festival is multicultural, openly political, queer-friendly, and situated in handpicked facilities that are wheelchair accessible.

The complete article is published on Ms. magazine’s blog.

About Abdul Ali

I'm a fellow at American University studying creative nonfiction and poetry. I write across a few genres but it's all brought together by larger questions about culture.


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