February 16, 2017
We don’t usually offer seven months of advance notice for poetry events, but this one is already in the air, so we thought we’d mention it.
100 Thousand Poets for Change was founded by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in 2011 and has happened every September since. Organized locally, 100TPC consists of poetry readings, music concerts, dance performances, and art exhibitions for peace, justice and sustainability. People from all over the world participate.
This year’s global event will happen on Saturday, September 30, 2017. There will undoubtedly be many events in Cascadia. For now, we’ve heard that Brandon Pitts, Isabella Valencia and Black Lab Gallery will be hosting a 100,000 Poets for Change event in Everett and 100TPC is looking for other local organizers.
September 9, 2014
“Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” Elie Wiesel
Now in its fourth year, 100 Thousand Poets for Change is a worldwide event in which local gatherings, celebrations, readings, exhibits, marches, lectures and other activities honor the possibility of change for the better. This year it will be celebrated on Saturday, September 27, though some events spill over, before or after.
100TPC has a website, a Facebook page, a Facebook event page and “official” local coordinators for Ellensburg (Lowell Murphree), Olympia (Jean Marie Riquelme), Puyallup (Kimberlee Gerstmann), Seattle (Lola Peters) and Tulalip (Kismet Armstrong).
Details about local events are more likely to be found in the local media than on official sites, but here are a couple:
In Vancouver, WA, the William Stafford Centenary Reading will feature George Thomas and local authors from the anthology World of Change: Eileen Elliott, Christopher Luna, and Toni Partington, plus open mic, at Angst Gallery.
Whether you celebrate in public or in private, change is an excellent prompt. Be creative. If you have events scheduled in the region, please leave a comment and a link!
September 28, 2013
August 8, 2012
100 Thousand Poets for Change is an annual event in which poets, musicians and artists around the world come together to call for environmental, social and political change. On September 29, 2012, more than 560 concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations will take place in more than 103 countries around the world.
In addition to hundreds of events planned for the U.S., poetry and peace gatherings are planned in strife-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan. In Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, poets, musicians and mimes will perform in public spaces and theaters. In Kingston, Jamaica, an entire week of concerts, spoken word performances, lectures and workshops will address literacy issues in the country.
September 22, 2011
This Saturday, poets all over the world will get together, in person and online, to promote change. What does that mean? Organizers Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion say,
“The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries….”
So far, 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPfC) lists more than 600 poetry events taking place in 500 cities in 95 countries. Regional events are planned for Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA), Spokane, Olympia, Seattle, Vashon Island, Whidbey Island and Port Townsend.
Join in! Wave your poetry flag. Make poems. Make change.