Among the featured poets will be Guggenheim fellow Anne Waldman, Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa and Eduardo Corral, who has won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize and a Whiting Writers’ Award.
The 2014 festival will offer readings, panel discussions and workshops on poetry and social activism. The events will be held at several locations in Washington, including Busboys & Poets and the Sumner School. A detailed schedule will be posted later this year. About 500 people attended the festival in 2012.
Split This Rock Executive Director Sarah Browning said in a statement, “Poetry can tell hard truths, can challenge and succor us. These poets are visionaries, helping imagine a future based on principles of justice, one that honors the transformative power of the imagination.”
Registration ($100) will open in the fall. Reduced fees will be extended to students, those who register early and those who cannot afford the full cost. Featured readings will be free and open to the public.
The Washington-based Split This Rock, which was founded in 2008, is a nonprofit organization that “calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets.”