You are browsing the archive for 2011 August.

An Invitation to organize an event for 100 Thousand Poets for Change in your city

August 2, 2011 in JU Alumni

Dear friends,

I am writing to find out if you would be interested in organizing an
event on September 24 for 100 Thousand Poets for Change in, insert
city here.
So far 100 Thousand Poets for Change has over 244 cities and 55
countries signed on to organize events, as part of a global initiative
to celebrate/demonstrate poetry and address issues of peace and
We have set up an event page on Facebook
and a blog/website for the event at

The website discusses the concept of the event in more detail on the
ABOUT page, but the bottom line is that this is a global event, with
the overall theme of peace and sustainability, in which each local
community can address its specific concerns.
I am very excited by this project, there seems to be a groundswell. I
live in the San Francisco area and originally hoped to have 1 big
event but it has evolved into 11 events in the SF/Bay Area, with City
Lights bookstore tweeting the event and posting flyers around the
store, Oakland Slam poets will be putting on a SLAM FOR CHANGE, Word
Party will organize an event of poetry and music, Free University of
San Francisco will have a day of lectures by poets about poets and
their art, The North Beach Annual Poetry and Art Walk located at the
Beat Museum has dedicated their event to 100 Thousand Poets for
Change, and there will be a 100 Thousand Poets for Change reading at
the Oakland Public Library sponsored by PEN Oakland. Other groups have
indicated their interest in fundraisers to help projects they care
about. I like the idea that so many poets of so many styles and
inclinations have seen their way through this initiative to join with
each other.
Also, the website provides each individual event an EVENT LOCATION
page, which is also a community page blog, that allows participants to
post particular event details and also to post poems, photos,
documentation to share with all the other participants around the
world. Poets and writers around the world need to know each other
better and these events pages will facilitate and initiate
communication. After September 24th, these event pages as a whole will
become a major document of contemporary world poetry.
Not to go on too much—I would be honored to have you set up an event
in insert city here on September 24 for 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
Please let me know if you are interested.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincere regards,
Michael Rothenberg

100 Thousand Poets for Change
ps. you can learn more about me at Big Bridge online magazine. I am
the editor and publisher.
pss. Here is a very short list of some of the events that will be taking place:
In Vancouver, BC Fraser Riverkeeper will lead a TD Great Canadian

Shoreline Cleanup at False Creek East, near some of the dirtiest
waters in Canada. Mary Woodbury of Moon Willow Press is working with
community poets and artists to develop a poetry reading later that
afternoon or evening.

In Philadelphia, there will be a PACE action, which is a wandering
participatory reading through the streets.
In a Seattle, a 12 hour skype session, poets skypeing poems in from

around the world.
In Kathmandu, Nepal there will be an all day school project which
involves discussion of peace and sustainability, writing poems, a
contest, and inclusion of the poems in a book to commemorate the

In Milwaukee poets who are active in the Labor Union demonstrations
will give a reading.
In Guatemala, Mexico City, Lisbon, Portugal, Sydney, Australia,
Austin, TX, Oakland, CA, Spokane, WA, Hilo, HI, Accra, Ghana and
Athens, Greece there will be a Slam for Change!
Bancroft, Ontario, has the distinction of being known as, ‘Ontario’s
Most Talented Town,’ and this year is Bancroft’s 150th anniversary so,
on September 24th, they’ll be celebrating their thriving arts
community and a birthday with poetry, music, and, possibly, theatre.
For change, their focus will be on creating more awareness about their
natural environment.
In Mentone, AL for Sept 24. It will be an outdoors/picnic event with

poets, speakers and music/singers/artwork. We will use the event to
call attention to environmental issues and citizen action for change.

In Nigeria they will have a peace rally against gang violence with a
poetry reading.
(The list goes on. And it is early yet so people are still formulating
their programs).