Split This Rock has hosted two poetry festivals right here in DC, once in 2008 and again in 2010. The third festival is just around the corner; it runs March 22-25 and will take place in multiple venues, mostly around U St NW. If you are seriously into poetry, consider looking into Split This Rock. They're offering a bit of a discount if you register before February 22.
From the organizers:
"Join us in Washington, DC for four days and more than 50 events: readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programs, open mics, and activism! Whether you are a poet looking for community with other seekers of justice, an activist seeking inspiration and renewal, a lover of words wanting great poetry, or all of the above, Split This Rock 2012 is for you!
Split This Rock calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets. This 4-day poetry festival will bring together poets, activists, artists and writers from around the country. To learn more about the festival, click here.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 (8:30am ET) - Sunday, March 25, 2012 (1:00pm ET)
Historic U Street Corridor, Washington, DC
The poetry festival will include:
- Some of the most visionary and powerful voices of our time, including Alice Walker and other featured poets.
- Thought-provoking readings, workshops and panel discussions exploring economic inequality, political repression, environmental degradation and more!
- Youth programs, open mics and activism.
- Convening poets, activists, slam champions, emerging poets, DC-area poets, editors and you!"