Split This Rock is committed to fostering the voices of the next generation of poets. Our youth programs
operate year-round to offer exceptional learning, writing, bonding, and performance opportunities to young people interested in the power of language. We sponsor the DC Youth Slam Team, Louder Than A Bomb – DMV, and The World & Me Poetry Contest. Our teaching artists and teens also host monthly open mics and poetry slams, and are frequently leading workshops, teaching classes, and performing for schools, community groups, NGO’s, and demonstrations.
THE DC YOUTH SLAM TEAM uses poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With annual travel to regional and national poetry slam festivals such as Brave New Voices, the team provides outstanding opportunities, training, and a platform for talented youth to develop their writing, performance, and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and teaching artists.
Our teen poets and adult teaching artists are available to perform, teach, facilitate workshops,
and host events. For booking inquiries, email Youth Programs Coordinator, Jonathan B. Tucker at Tucker@SplitThisRock.org or call 202.787.5279.
LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV High School Poetry Slam Festival (LTAB-DMV) brings together poetry slam
teams from DC, Maryland, and Virginia high schools for a weekend of workshops, shows, ciphers, food and friends, and of course the slam competition. Students in after school poetry clubs across the region work all year crafting new pieces and hoping to make it onto their school slam team so that they can
compete in LTAB-DMV. In partnership with Young Chicago Authors, the nonprofit in Chicago running the original and largest Louder Than A Bomb program, we are working with schools to bridge the divides in our communities. More than just a poetry slam, Louder Than A Bomb is about sharing, listening, and connecting with other young people from a different part of town, or country, or cultural heritage. It’s about using our words to build the world we envision, starting with ourselves, our schools, and our slams.
Jonathan B. Tucker Jonathan lives and works in Washington, DC, melding art and activism
with his work as a performer and educator. A poet, teacher, DJ, and activist, Jonathan is very passionate about youth development and the use of art as a means to connect with people. He has represented DC at the National Poetry Slam twice on the Busboys and Poets Slam Team (he also hosts events at Busboys and other venues) and is frequently working in schools, universities and community organizations performing and facilitating workshops. He uses performance poetry to raise issues of social justice and inspire dialogue and action. His book, I Got the Matches, and other poems are available at jonathanbtucker.com.
Pages Matam Pages is a poet/emcee originally from Cameroon, Africa. His
features have included The Kennedy Center; colleges and universities such as Columbia University; & BETJ Lyric Café. He has touched stages with the likes of Ainsley Burrows, Oveous Maximus, opened for Raheem DeVaughn, Afrika Bambaata, and many others. In addition to winning multiple local slams, he is also
the 2010 & 2012 DC Grand Slam Champion, a host at Busboys and Poets, and co-host of GraffitiDC Slam Series.
Liz is the daughter of Dominican immigrants, proudly born and raised in the heart of New York City. She has been creating poetry since before she could write, using words as a way to translate the world. She has been featured at several prestigious venues such as the Nuyorican Poetry Café, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Lisner Auditorim, and the Kodak Theatre in LA. Acevedo was an original cast member of the Latino Poets Society Spoken Word Tour in 2008. She was also a featured poet for BET’s You(th) Speak Out national public service announcement, as well as a featured poet in their political slam during the 2008 elections. She is currently a teacher in DC and assistant coach of the DC Youth Slam Team.
George “G” Yamazawa, Jr.
G is a Japanese-American poet/emcee born and raised in Durham, NC, living in DC. After experiencing the Brave New Voices Poetry Festival in 2008, he made the transition from a rapper to a poet and realized the importance of his words. Quickly moving into the adult slam scene, G started competing at the National Poetry Slam in 2009. In 2010 his team won Southern Fried and placed 3rd in the nation. He ranked 5th in the world at the Individual World Poetry Slam 2010 in Charlotte, NC and is widely considered one of the top spoken word artists in the country.
Brandon is a poet, emcee, and actor born and raised in Washington, DC. He was on the DC Youth Slam Team in 2009 and has been volunteering with the team ever since. A member of the production team multiple years with City at Peace DC, a youth group using theatre arts to teach nonviolent conflict resolution and cross cultural dialogue, Brandon is well versed in issues of oppression, inequality, theatre, and workshop facilitation. He has worked as a Peer Educator with Metro Teen AIDS and is a graduate of the Public Allies program. He serves the DC Youth Slam Team as a mentor and Teaching-Artist-in-Training, working with students in after school programs such as Higher Achievement. Brandon regularly hosts poetry slams and appreciates eccentric people.
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