Baltimore City & Beyond (Beyond Baltimore)

To all the folks who’re in or near or wanna be in Baltimore City and environs, please read below. I’m taking on the task of recording more than 100 readers in an effort to show off Charm City’s diverse and manifest poetics and styles. Literacy just got a bit more creative…

For immediate release: July 26th 2011

One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change

From: Christophe Casamassima, Furniture Press Books

To: The People of Baltimore

400 Events in over 400 Cities Representing 70 Countries Make “One Hundred Thousand Poets For Change” Truly Historic

Poets around the world are currently organizing and planning nearly 400 individual events to take place simultaneously on September 24th in a demonstration/celebration of poetry and the spoken word to promote environmental, social, and political change.

In Baltimore City, I am organizing a massive recording session of area poets, writers and readers, and then creating a free online anthology where anyone in the world can listen. The purpose is to support the notion that “The City that Reads” reflects the manifest interests and poetics of its citizenry, and that creative literacy can be sustained in Charm City.

From now until September 24th, I’ll be reaching out to individuals to read their favorite poems in front of a microphone. It can be one poem or a series of poems. The object is to show the world that poetry is thriving in our fair city and that it’s not just practicing or well-known poets and writers who are engaged in the craft.

Immediately following September 24th, all documentation on the weblog will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will archive the complete contents of the weblog,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

So, want your 15 minutes of fame? Let’s meet! You can find my contact info below. Please write or call me to set up a time where we can meet. All you have to do is pick your favorite poems and tell us a little about yourself.

Thank you,

Christophe Casamassima


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