I read about the festival at a fellow poet activist’s blog. If you haven’t already, check out Split This Rock Poetry Festival. Festival organizers, D.C Poets Against the War, Institute For Policy Studies and Sol and Soul, Busboys and Poets remind us we can be agents of change. They write, “As we head into the fifth year of war in Iraq, our country faces a crisis of imagination…. We believe that poets have a unique role to play in social movements as innovators, visionaries, truth tellers, and restorers of language.”
Participate in a rally for change and take advantage of an opportunity to hear activist poets: Chris August, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Melissa Best (aka Princess of Controversy), Robert Bly, Kenneth Carroll, Grace Cavalieri, Lucille Clifton, Joel Dias Porter (aka DJ Renegade), Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Brian Gilmore, Sam Hamill, Joy Harjo, Galway Kinnell, Stephen Kuusisto, Semezhdin Mehmedinovic, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sharon Olds, Alix Olson, Alicia Ostriker, Ishle Yi Park, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Susan Tichy, Pamela Uschuk, and Belle Waring.
The festival will feature workshops, youth programming, discussions on poetry and social activism, films and walking tours. Organizers are also sponsoring a contest top prize $500. Postmark deadline is January 05, 2008.