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In 2008, the Split this Rock Poetry Festival was successful enough to prompt this purple lead from the Post’s David Montgomery: “The poets are in town. Dozens—no, hundreds. Hundreds of poets. Can you imagine? They are everywhere.” Sigh. Neruda, Montgomery is not. Anyway, after a year off, the festival is back. And with it will come a host of activist-minded panels, workshops, and live performances from the likes of Chris Albani, Martin Espada, and Holly Bass. Tonight, you’ll hear from Francisco Aragón, Lillian Allen, Mark Nowak, and Nancy Morejón—who, according to her bio, is “one of the foremost Cuban writers and intellectuals, [and] has published more than twelve collections of poetry, three monographs, a dramatic work, and four critical studies of Cuban history and literature.” Well, dang.

THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE FROM WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY THROUGHOUT THE CITY (SEE WASHINGTONCITYPAPER.COM FOR DETAILS). $50–$85 FOR FULL FESTIVAL; $15–$35 FOR SINGLE-DAY PASSES. (202) 787-5210.