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Paris, France with Moe Seager

ORGANIZER: Moe Seager CONTACT: The role of the Poet, germinating from ancient times around the globe: To Voice the quality of life and the absence of quality of life for ones people. In a world community such as today poets … Continue reading

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Vancouver, BC’s event finalizes on message of healthy water and wild salmon forever!

Vancouver’s 100,000 Poets for Change happening will inspire the community to act upon ensuring a healthy watershed and wild salmon forever, which have been vital to Vancouver’s cultural and environmental history for thousands of years. Poets and others will join … Continue reading

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Vancouver’s 100,000 Poets for Change happening will inspire the community to work toward a healthy watershed and wild salmon forever, which have been vital to Vancouver’s cultural and environmental history for thousands of years.

False Creek East beach cleanup

Poets and others will join Fraser Riverkeeper at 1:00 p.m., September 24, on the shores of False Creek East near Science World. As part of BC Rivers Day and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the poets and other volunteers, including a group of students from Farleigh Dickinson University, the Rotary Club, Burnaby North Secondary, students, nurses, and others, will remove shoreline litter and debris from one of the dirtiest beaches in Canada. The Riverkeeper will talk about on water quality issues that threaten human health and marine habitat in BC.

Entangled in poetry

Later in the afternoon, half a dozen enpipe line poets will join in on part of Vancouver’s large book fair’s (Word on the Street) festival at the Downtown East Side’s Carnegie Center, by offering readings from the enpipe line project, a 1,173-km-long line of collaborative poetry, out of a resistance to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project proposal. Enbridge’s pipelines would disrupt over 1,000 salmon streams and rivers in BC and introduce more oil tankers to the West Coast, and cause even more devastation to the Athabasca River and land done by current oil sands mining and production in Alberta.

This poetry reading will be commented on by Fraser Riverkeeper, in regards to the health of the watershed and how it will be affected if the pipeline proposal goes through, and by Moon Willow Press about the potential threats to the arboreal ecology surrounding the pipelines, including the Great Bear Rainforest.

Later that afternoon, at the Carnegie Center, poets are invited to participate in workshops, such as mutual collaboration on chapbooks, with Word on the Street. An open mic reading extends into the evening.

Poetry Reading

Poetry Readers on September 24, 2011
Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Place: Carnegie Center at Main & Hastings (classroom number TBA)
Sponsor: Word on the Street, Vancouver

Opening presenter: Mary Woodbury of Moon Willow Press
Closing presenter: Jalen Bailey of ForestEthics
Host: Christine Leclerc of

Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which, On the Material (Talon Books 2010), was the recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Forthcoming books include several parts of the on-going poetic documentary of revolution, “The Barricades Project,” and a philosophical exploration of the concept of “change.” He teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University, where he is a 2011/12 Shadbolt Fellow.

Stephen will be reading “Take Oil and Hum” ( from the enpipe line.

Wil George

Wil George is from the Tsleil Waututh Nation (Burrard Indian Band) in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is a Salish Poet and Contemporary Storyteller. Wil’s poetry is published in various anthologies and literary magazines including In Our Own Voices Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation (Larkuma), and TRANSPORTERS Contemporary Salish Art (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria). He has published a number of chapbook collections, including Raven Pomes (2008), Raven Flight (2006, 2009), and Mountain Bedded Rock (2009).

Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie’s collection of short stories People Who Disappear will be published by Freehand in April 2012. Her chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects For The New World is available from Nomados. Website:

Alex will be reading “Project:” ( from the enpipe line.

Garry Thomas Morse

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of Transversals for Orpheus, Streams, Death in Vancouver, After Jack, and Discovery Passages. In 2008, he received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist. His new book Discovery Passages is the first collection of poetry about the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations.

Garry will be reading excerpts from “The Chaos! Quincunx”.

Rita Wong

Rita Wong is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). forage was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads Poetry in 2011. Wong has received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she has developed a humanities course focused on water, with the support of a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is currently researching the poetics of water. In June 2011, she went on a Healing Walk through the Alberta Tar Sands (described online at Vancouver Media Coop).

Elaine Woo

Elaine Woo is a poet, comics-artist, lyricist, and non-fiction writer. She has written about issues such as breaking racial and gender stereotypes, political philosophy, the environment and spirituality in many genres including an interview with Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, Gene Luen Yang and Chloe Chan. Her work has appeared in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Ascent Aspirations, Ricepaper, Asian,, and West Coast Line. She was the keynote reader at a children’s literature conference at the University of British Columbia, reader at the Poetry Tent, Word on the Street Festival, Vancouver, and collaborator with composer Adam Hill in the keynote presentation at the 2011 Vancouver International Song Institute’s “Playing with Fire Concert.” Forthcoming work will appear in the anthology Vancouver V6A, a mural in Vancouver; Whispers Project and enpipeline’s anthology.

Elaine will be reading “Seal at Maplewood Mud Flats” ( and “Heron at Lonsdale Quay” ( from the enpipe line.

Organizers and sponsors

Mary Woodbury is organizing this event with Rita Wong, Associate Professor at Emily Carr; Christine Leclerc, Vancouver author and head of the Enpipe Line Poetry Project; Fraser Riverkeeper; and Word on the Street Vancouver. Christine is leading the collaborative Enpipe Line project in which the physical length of written poem lines will surpass the kilometers of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines.

Vancouver’s 100,000 Poets for Change event is sponsored by Fraser Riverkeeper, Moon Willow Press, and Vancouver’s Word on the Street.

We’d also like to thank the City of Vancouver for the donation of gloves and trash bags, and the loan of trash picker-uppers and vests.

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Santa Cruz, California

ORGANIZER: sponsored by Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts


LOCATION: Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts will be hosting 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE in Santa Cruz, CA on Saturday, September 24 · 1 p.m. @ Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz (301 Center Street, Room 5) Santa Cruz.

Doors open at 12:30 a.m. (and open mic sign-up at 12:30). Show begins at 1 p.m.. Everyone is invited to this free event!!! Features plus open mic! Sign up for the open mic by emailing

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts will be hosting 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE in Santa Cruz, CA on Saturday, September 24 ·1 P.M. (doors open and open mic sign-up at 12:30am) @ Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz (301 Center Street, Room 5) Santa Cruz. Everyone is invited to this free event!!! Features include Robert Sward, Patria Brown, Fernando D. Castro, Ariel Holden, Ruebi Lynn Jimenez, Charles Kruger, Brian Morrisey, Jim Russo, Mordecai Shapiro and T. Mike Walker. Hosted by Yaryan. Features plus open mic (sign-up at 12:30 a.m. to read a poem or email or Facebook email Daniel Yaryan). This event will take place in many cities, at the same time and date, and of course it will be televised. The main website is: .


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Iowa City, Iowa

ORGANIZER: Russell Jaffe Russell Jaffe


Are you an Iowa poet? We need you! Myself and the editors of Strange Cage, the small poetry press I’m just getting off the ground, are honored to be sponsoring the Iowa City leg of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event!

We’re looking for poets from in and around Iowa to:
-Come read at Fair Grounds cafe in Iowa City on the 24th!
-Submit poems for our first-ever compilation, a collection of poets with Iowa connections.


The poetry needn’t be themed, however. Please send 3 poems and a bio to

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15. It’ll be available at the reading and shortly after to all. So please do hurry along.

That’s right. A reading. A book. Join us, won’t you?

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Wherever You Are, Planet Earth

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Seattle, Washington

ORGANIZER: Paul E. Nelson CONTACT: LINKS: SPLAB! American Sentences Organic Poetry “We intend to have poets Skype in to our open mic, open mic with local poets, a lightning round (lots of haiku-length poems) and other events.” We’ll celebrate this planet-wide … Continue reading

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SEVERAL EVENTS IN PHILLY: EVENTS IN TANDEM ORGANIZER: Jack Krick CONTACT: ———————- ORGANIZER: Frank Sherlock CONTACT: DESCRIPTION: I’m organizing a PACE (Poet Activist Community Extension) action for September 24 as part of 100,000 Poets for Change- a worldwide … Continue reading

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Buffalo, New York

Organizer: David Landrey

Listen to Think Twice Radio show on 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Conversations with key and often unheard voices from the arts and cultural community of the Niagara Region with Celeste Lawson, artist, arts advocate and arts administrator.



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Woodstock, New York

ORGANIZERS: Andy Clausen and Shiv Mirabito


Shivastan Press presents
100 Thousand Poets for Change Sunset Bonfire & Potluck
6pm until ?
Please join the Woodstock mountain poetry revolution with a backyard bonfire, informal reading & potluck.
Please bring poems, snacks & drinks to share.
more info 845 679 8777*
Shivastan Poetry Ashram
6 Hillcrest Ave (in the back)
Woodstock, New York

100 thousand poets for change potluck bonfire* 9.24.11 — with Taargüs Pascal Taargüs, Jeremey Gaustad, Daniel Gentile and Saeger Rubinstein.

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Detroit, Michigan

ORGANIZER: Donora Hillard CONTACT: Share this!Tweet

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Malbazar, Jalpaiguri District, India

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ORGANIZERS: Hans Plomp (Woord in Ruigoord) Yvonne van Doorn Aja Waalwijk (zaal-100) MC Alfredex (Rebellenklup) CONTACT: The venue will be Ruigoord Salon The subject: Change- “the most revolutionary deed is to lead a poetic life” (P.B.Shelley). I expect some 15 … Continue reading

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Tallahassee, Florida

ORGANIZER: Sandra Simmonds CONTACT: Share this!Tweet

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Topanga Canyon, California

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Takkie Park, Maryland

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Way Out Club-St. Louis, Missouri

ORGANIZER: Michael Castro


100,000 Poets for Change @ The Way Out Club

Saturday, September 24 at 9:00pm – September 25 at 1:00am

The Way Out Club
2525 S. Jefferson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104

The largest Poetry event in history, 100, 000 Poets for Change is a world-wide event (340 cities, 70 countries, 1 day) where poets will speak out for change in all its myriad forms, whether social, political, racial, economic, or environmental. The main event was created by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion and has blossomed into a network of interconnected shows around the globe. St. Louis will host two shows. The nighttime event, held at the beloved St. Louis venue The Way Out Club, is free and open to everyone 18 and up. 100, 000 Poets for Change will be televised and also recorded by Stanford University for placement in their LOCKSS System. Organized by Michael Castro and Jason Braun, the show at The Way Out Club will feature an array of incredible artists including Maria Guadalupe Massey, K. Curtis Lyle, Michael O’ Brian, Uncle Bill Green, Shirley LeFlore, Zeeshan Pathan, Mama Blue, Deborah Mashibini, Treasure Williams, John Samuel Tieman, Fatemah Keshavarz, Sean Arnold, Hari Sky Campbell, Erin Wiles, Michael Castro, Adrian Matejka, Shane Signorino, Pam Garvey, David Rawson, Jeffrey Skoblow, Jason Braun, and myself.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2011

for Michael Rothenberg & Terri Carrion

Poets blowing
in the winds of change
blowing truth to open ears
blowing truth in the face of fears
whispering wind
wailing wind
Poets blowing
round the world
blowing light
& blowing rain
renewing life
& easing pain
Poets blowing
scattering seeds
against despair
Poets blowing
the human spirit
Poets blowing
can you hear it?
Can you hear it
Can you hear it
sold out nations?
Change is blowing
because it must
Change is blowing
because it’s just
Poets blowing
In a worldwide choir.
Poets blowing
to inspire

Change is what
our planet needs
Poems are seeds
That lead to deeds.

-michael castro-

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Santa Fe, New Mexico



ORGANIZER: Julie Winson








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Syracuse, New York

ORGANIZER: Martin Willits Jr


LOCATION: 100Thousand Poet event in Syracuse, NY at Thornden Park amphitheatre, Saturday Sept 24th, 10AM to 2PM

Syracuse poems read for 100Thousand Poets.pdf

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San Luis Obispo, California



Located at the SANITARIUM


OUR event here in San Luis Obispo, California has found the locationand they are excited to help with muscial friends as well as the lovely location — and the SLO County Food Bankwill help promote the event all signs are a go and we are making a difference — ONE POEM AT A TIME – Amen

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Queens, New York

ORGANIZER: Suzi Winson



53-21 Vernon Blvd
LIC, NY 11101 212-751-2174


On September 24th, Circus Warehouse is sponsoring 100 Thousand Poets for Change event: Aerial Text Experiments, an evening of collaborations of poetry, aerial arts, music, and visual arts. Be prepared to change your mind about poetry.


8pm Suggested Donation $10.
Profits go to Poets In Need
100 Thousand Poets for Change: Aerial Text Experiments



Time: Saturday, September 24 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Circus Warehouse
53-21 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, New York

Created By
Circus Warehouse

Circus Warehouse presents 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Aerial Text Experiments, an evening of collaborations of poetry, aerial arts, music, and visual arts, on Saturday, September 24th.

100K Poets is the creation of my good friend and frequent co-editor/curator, Michael Rothenberg. Hundreds of other 100K events will be taking place all around the world that day (see link below for details about the event and its social agenda).

Though I could be wrong, I believe our event will be the only vertical presentation of poetry on the planet! Either way, it’s the next dimension in text, and I’m psyched to get poetry into the air!

All works will be collaborative, and all will involve text and movement. Participants will include Warehouse students, professional aerialists, musicians, visual artists, dancer/acrobats and, of course, poets. Since not all participants will be in NYC, ATE will include several long-distance collaborations.

We’re expecting eight to ten aerial text experiments, maybe five to ten minutes each in length, with “experiments” being the operative word: they won’t necessarily be finished works, we’ll just wait and see what happens.

Some of our participants have had a head start: Susan Brennan and Carey Hackett are in the early stages of working on their piece, and Francoise Voranger and Jillian St. Germain have just begun work with Abbie Winson. Liron Dan and Kelvin Daly already collaborate.

If you would like to participate or have someone you wish to work with, let me know ASAP at The more the merrier!

For more information on the worldwide event go to

Project #1
Aerialists Francoise Voranger and Jillian St German
Text: TBD
Paintings by Abbie Winson
Concept by Petra Tamboer
Photography by Rachael Shane
Additional Ideas by Julie Winson
Warehouse by Suzi Winson

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Portland and Vancouver, Washington

ORGANIZER: Christopher Luna


For Immediate Release
100 Thousand Poets for Change in Vancouver, Portland, and around the
world Saturday, September 24

Niche/Angst poet laureate and Ghost Town Poetry founder Christopher
Luna invites Vancouver and Portland writers and artists to participate
in the largest poetry reading in history on Saturday, September 24.
100 Thousand Poets for Change, a global event uniting writers who
believe in the power of language to create social and political
positive change, is a grassroots effort in which anyone can
participate. The intention is to find ways to bring your message to
the larger community through outdoor events and readings in
non-traditional places. This is why I did not plan an open mic at a
bookstore or coffee shop. Each of you can create your own event or get
together with a few friends. Starting at 1pm I will be reading and
writing poems outside Niche Wine and Art Bar, interacting with
passerby and providing help and advice to poets who would like to
participate. However, in the spirit of the event, please feel free to
initiate and execute your own activities. Then send all poems and
photographs to me at or post them as a
reply on our 100 Thousand Poets for Change blog:

Please read the press release below for more information about this
historic event.

Contact: Michael Rothenberg
100 Thousand Poets for Change
P.O. Box 870
Guerneville, Ca 95446
Phone: 305-753-4569

100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizes Largest Poetry Event in History

Number of Participants Worldwide Growing Daily

650 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September
24 to promote environmental, social, and political change. Poets,
writers, artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their
communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change
within the framework of peace and sustainability, which founder
Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding
principle for this global event.”

Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in a recent article on said,
“the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it
is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.” All those
involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and
redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the
narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.

Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such
as Madison, Wisconsin and Cairo, Egypt. Poetry and peace gatherings
are planned in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad.

In Mexico there are over 30 events, with 18 poetic actions in Mexico
City, where poets as well as environmental and political activists are
hoping to encourage reflection and creative responses against systemic
violence through the written and the spoken word with day long street
events, readings and workshops. More than a third
of these events are organized by collectives actively working towards
a non-violent approach to solve the country’s most pressing problems.

To date there are over 260 events in the United States. There are 20
events statewide in North Carolina where teacher/poets have mobilized
to protest cuts in education funding. And along the Platte River near
Omaha, Nebraska, poets will be demonstrating against TransCanada’s
planned Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. More examples of events can be
found at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Each event
organizer has an Event Location blog page on the website for posting,
poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event
across national borders.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the website 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 website,, as part
of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, editor of the
online literary magazine and an environmental activist
based in Northern California.

For information contact:
Phone: 305-753-4569

Christopher Luna
Poet, Editor, Teacher

Co-editor (with Toni Partington)
of “Ghost Town Poetry: Poems from Cover to Cover Books 2004-2011”
Available at Cover to Cover Books, Powell’s, and

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Pasadena, California

ORGANIZER: Teresa Dowell


September 24, 2011

LOCATION: Zona Rosa Cafe 15 South El Molina Ave.

TIME: 11:30 to 2:30 p.m and  5:30pm to 8:30pm


We will focus our event on freeing Tibet and the plight of the Tibetan people.

To raise awareness, there will be discussions, poetry readings, Tibetan art, music, Tibetan Buddhism, open mic, and speakers. There will also be a Buddhist prayer/chanting for peace. Om mani padme hum.

Prayer flags in Tibet-Photo by Nancy Victoria Davis

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Orlando, Florida

ORGANIZER: Russ Golata CONTACT: Share this!Tweet

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Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska

ORGANIZER: George Prescott CONTACT: Share this!Tweet

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