Date and Time
Sep 15, 2019 5:00 pm
14th & V
Sunday Kind of Love Open Mic Poetry features emerging and established poets from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Each program includes one to two featured poets and an open mic segment. Co-sponsored by Split This Rock, Sunday Kind of Love was notably featured in the Washington, DC episode of the Travel Channel original series, Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends.
Hosted by Rasha Abduhadi and Lauren May
Rasha Abdulhadi is Split This Rock's Interim Executive Director. Rasha is a queer Palestinian Southerner who grew up between Damascus Syria and rural Georgia and cut their teeth organizing on the southsides of Chicago and Atlanta. Rasha brings more than 16 years' experience in strategic planning and organizational development for racial, economic, and environmental justice movements. They have worked as a popular educator, cultural organizer, community technologist, farmer, and bookstore manager. Rasha is the author of Shell Houses (The Head & The Hand 2017). Their writing has appeared in Strange Horizons, Mslexia, Mizna, Room, Plume, and |tap| magazine and is anthologized in Halal if You Hear Me (Haymarket 2019), Super Stoked (Capturing Fire 2018), and the Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler (Twelfth Planet Press 2017). Alongside Sheree Renée Thomas and Erin Roberts, Rasha co-edited a special edition of Strange Horizons featuring speculative fiction by writers of color from the Southeastern US (July 2018).
Lauren May is a 21-year-old writer, artist, host, human rights advocate and french fry enthusiast born in DC, raised in Maryland. An alumna of the award winning DC Youth Slam Team, Lauren is part of Split This Rock’s Ushindi Performance Group. She has featured as a guest speaker at MCASA’s 10th Annual Women of Color Network Conference, the National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence, and The White House United State of Women Summit.
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Featuring Tyler French and heidi andrea restrepo rhodes:
Tyler French (he/him/his) is a writer, organizer, and public humanist living in Washington, D.C. He works in the arts and cultural non-profit world and writes about the arts and equitable community development. He is a co-creator and baker for Queer Cookies, a poetry series and bake sale supporting queer-identified poets. He has poems in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Beech Street Review, Bending Genres Journal, and Stoked Words, an anthology of queer poetry. His first full-length book of poetry, He Told Me was published by Capturing Fire Press May 2019. When not writing, he’s dancing with his partner, Matthew Cumbie, and cohabitating with a 13-year old shih tzu named Lucas.
heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer Colombian/Latinx poet and scholar. Her first full-length collection, The Inheritance of Haunting (2019, University of Notre Dame Press) won the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, selected by Ada Limón. Her poetry has been published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Raspa, Word Riot, Feminist Studies, Huizache, & Nat.Brutamong other places. A 2018 VONA alum, a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow, and a doctoral candidate in political theory at the CUNY Graduate Center, she grew up in California and lives in Brooklyn. Instagram: @vessels.we.are
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Sunday Kind of Love is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month at Busboys and Poets 14th& V from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
$5 Cover. On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased online starting at midnight and in the restaurant starting at 10:00 AM in the bookstore. No refunds. Ticket purchase limit of 4 per person. Tickets will be sold at the door if available.
Guests must have their wristbands (tickets) on upon entering the event.