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Dear Friends of Split This Rock,

Happy poetry month. So many great events happening this month, but one of our favorites is the poem a day challenge. We hope you\’ll join us in pledging to write a poem a day this month and that you\’ll bring your new poems out to share with us in the near future.

Please join us also for Naomi Ayala\’s book launch for her \”first fire\” writing workshop April 18th. Then celebrate young writers at Sol y Soul and Split This Rock\’s World and Me Poetry Contest Celebration. Close the month with some poetry in the think tank..Sneak away for a poetry lunch with E. Ethelbert Miller and Melissa Tuckey at Institute for Policy Studies.

***And tonight, April 6, check out Celebrating Resistance, 100 Days Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo with DC Poets Against the War, Yael Flusburg and Alan King, along with music from Emma\’s Revolution, Fuad Foty, and Perry V. King at the Friends Meeting of Washington on 2111 Florida Ave NW, from 7-9:30 pm.

Love and Light,

Split This Rock

SUNDAY KIND OF \’NAOMI AYALA\’ LOVE Book launch Sunday, April 19 4-6 pm at the Langston Room; Busboys and Poets, 14th & V

COME CELEBRATE Naomi Ayala\’s new book of poems This Side of Early (March 2009 by Curbstone Press). Ayala\’s book, Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press, 1997) was selected by the New York City Public Library as a Best Book for the Teen Age.

A Native of Puerto Rico, Ayala resides in Washington, DC, where she works as a full-time writer and editor for a communications company that specializes in the field of public health. She also teaches at The Writer\’s Center in Bethesda, MD. Recipient of numerous awards for her work, Ayala\’s poetry regularly appears in noteworthy anthologies and journals. Her third book of poems is scheduled for release by Bilingual Review Press.

Sunday Kind of Love is hosted by Katy Richey and Melissa Tuckey. Sponsored by Busboys and Poets, Split This Rock, with funding from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

\”FIRST FIRE\” WRITING WORKSHOP With Naomi Ayala Saturday, April 18, 1-3 pm $25, participation is limited

Whether you are a beginner now-or beginning once again-return to that starting place with this workshop designed specifically to have you reaching in new corners of your mind. Using a unique set of activities involving dictionaries, research, prompts, dreams, photo/art expeditions, simple poetic forms, and the instructor\’s exercises developed over the course of 25 years of teaching, you will generate new poems and gain insight into your creative process as you expand your breadth.

SIGN UP NOW by sending a note to \”melissa.dcpaw@gmail.com\” first come, first serve.

Workshop will be located at Institute for Policy Studies; 1112 16th Street NW, Suite 600; Washington DC Two blocks from Farragut North Metro stop.

This event is made possible with a grant from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities.

WORLD AND ME KIDS POETRY CONTEST READING & CELEBRATION Saturday April 18, 4-6 pm Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th and V

Come to hear the winners of the Sol y Soul and Split This Rock youth poetry contest read their winning poems. Winners to be announced….with special guest hosts Naomi Ayala, Regie Cabico, Toni Asante Lightfoot, and Melissa Tuckey.

The reading will be followed by a youth open mic. Come and hear what youth have to say.

The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Busboys and Poets.

POETS IN THE THINK/TANK A poetry reading featuring E. Ethelbert Miller and Melissa Tuckey Wednesday April 29 from 12:00-1 pm at Institute for Policy Studies 1112 16th Street NW; Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036; two blocks from Farragut North Metro

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. Mr. Miller is also the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. He is a board member of The Writer\’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. The author of several collections of poems, his last collection How We Sleep On The Nights We Don\’t Make Love (Curbstone Press, 2004) was an Independent Publisher Award Finalist. In March 2009, Busboys and Poets Press published The 5th Inning, a second memoir. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio (NPR).

Melissa Tuckey is co-director of Split This Rock, a project supported by Institute for Policy Studies. She\’s author of Rope as Witness (Pudding House Press Chapbook, 2007) and her poems have been widely published in literary journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden\’s Ferry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse Daily, and anthologized in DC Poets Against the War Anthology, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds, and Poets for Palestine Anthology. She\’s recipient of artist fellowship grants from DC Commission on Arts and the Humanities and Ohio Arts Council. She holds an MA in literature from Ohio University and MFA in poetry from George Mason University.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch, if you like.

Call for Proposals: Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2010 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness invites poets, writers, activists, and all concerned citizens to Washington, DC, March 10-13, 2010 for four days of 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. We invite you to send proposals for panel discussions, group readings, roundtable discussions, workshops, and small-scale performances on a range of topics at the intersection of poetry and social change. Possibilities are endless. Challenge us.

The deadline is May 30, 2009. Details and guidelines are online at: http://www.splitthisrock.org/documents/2010_panel_proposals.doc

Discussion and community building are at the heart of Split This Rock. We value diversity, creativity, and new ideas. Check out last year\’s schedule for inspiration: http://www.splitthisrock.org/schedule.html. Please join us! Help Split This Rock Spread the Word Forward this email, post it on your blog, send a message to all your Facebook friends. We are a grassroots movement and need your help to reach a wide variety of poets and poetry lovers. Thanks! Split This Rock Needs Your Support!

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 info@splitthisrock.org for more details or to become a sponsor.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival http://www.SplitThisRock.org 202-787-5210 info@splitthisrock.org

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