For more than sixty years of continuous publication, the Beloit Poetry Journal has worked to expand American poetic language and vision through its publication of international poetry and of work that challenges social, political, and aesthetic norms. The Spring 2012 issue of the journal is a chapbook of new poems of provocation and witness by featured readers at the 2012 Split This Rock Festival: Homero Aridjis, Sherwin Bitsui, Kathy Engel, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Douglas Kearney, Khaled Mattawa, Rachel McKibbens, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, José Padua, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Kim Roberts, and Venus Thrash. Robert Shetterly's probing portrait of Langston Hughes, from his portrait series Americans Who Tell the Truth, graces the cover (left).
Thanks to editors Lee Sharkey and John Rosenwald for this wonderful collection and their continued support of Split This Rock.
In early 2010, the United States had spent about $1 trillion on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. On March 11, 2010, participants of Split This Rock Poetry Festival gathered at Upper Senate Park near the U.S. Capitol and recited or read one line of poetry. Together, these lines became a collaborative poem about our vision for the next $1 trillion.
The Washington Post published an article that includes excerpts and a video.
On March 23, 2008, during the first Split This Rock Poetry Festival, participants marched to the White House and created a collaborative poem about peace. To create this cento, participants each read out loud one line of no more than 12 words.
The Split This Rock Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly celebrates political poetry “borne out of a hunger,” by seventeen poets who are participating in the festival, either as organizers or readers: Winona Addison * Naomi Ayala * Sarah Browning * Grace Cavalieri * Teri Ellen Cross * Heather Davis * Joel Dias-Porter * Yael Flusberg * Brian Gilmore * E. Ethelbert Miller * Princess of Controversy * Tanya Snyder * Susan Tichey * Melissa Tuckey * Dan Vera * Rosemary Winslow * Kathi Wolfe. Co-edited by Regie Cabico and Kim Roberts.
Foreign Policy In Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies, has published a special feature in conjunction with Split This Rock. FPIF's Fiesta section, which explores the intersection of art and foreign policy, featured Sarah Browning's essay on Split This Rock entitled "Hear This Hammer Ring." And, with the help of Melissa Tuckey, FPIF was able to highlight the profoundly moving poetry of Lee Sharkey, Susan Tichey, Christi Kramer, and others. Visit www.fpif.org for more Split This Rock coverage.
As a contribution to the Split This Rock Poetry Festival and to poetry as the voice of witness, resistance, and transformation, the Beloit Poetry Journal has dedicated its Spring 2008 issue to a special chapbook of work by poets around the nation who will be participating in the festival. The 56-page Split This Rock Chapbook consists of poems by eighteen of the festival’s featured readers: Jimmy Santiago Baca, Robert Bly, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Carolyn Forché, Sam Hamill, Joy Harjo, Galway Kinnell, Stephen Kuusisto, E. Ethelbert Miller, Naomi Shihab Nye, Alix Olson, Alicia Ostriker, Ishle Yi Park, Sonia Sanchez, Patricia Smith, Susan Tichy, and Pamela Uschuk. Find it on the BPJ website, www.bpj.org.