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‘Joining the Global Voice’ -St. Louis, Missouri

ORGANIZER: Kristin Sharp, Amanda Wells,  Susan Spit-Fire Lively and Michael Castro
DESCRIPTION: We have asked all of the coordinators of the local STL poetry shows to collaborate on a show called ‘Joining the Global Voice’ at the Regional Arts Commission in University City.

100,000 Poets for Change – Joining the Global Voice

Saturday, September 24 · 11:00am – 4:00pm

Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112

Created By
Susan SpitFire Lively

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“Joining the Global Voice” is an offshoot of the world-wide event 100,000 Poets for Change (created by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion). 100,000 Poets for Change, the largest poetry event in history, will be televised and also recorded by Stanford University for placement in their LOCKSS System. Held at The Regional Arts Commission, the daytime show (the first of two St. Louis events) will feature a marathon number of performers, with the goal being 100 poets in 300 minutes, focusing on voices both heard and unheard. Organized by Kristin Sharp with assistance from local Poets and Producers such as MK Stallings, Nicky Rainey, Lisa Odak-Ebert, Byron Lee, Michael Castro, and myself, this event will be hosted by Amanda Wells. “Joining the Global Voice” is free and open to the public, and refreshments and snacks will also be provided. Some of the features include my dear friends Mali Newman (Poet and award-winning Playwright) and Black Falcon (Spoken Word Artist and Multi-Slam Champion). To learn more, please visit the website

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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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