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  1. Greetings, all,

    I recently put out a call to Baltimore City residents and artists to participate in what I’m calling “100,000 Recordings for Change.” The focus of the “event” will consist of the following, which is included in the invitation I sent out (see below).

    Douglas Mowbray (of twentythreebooks) and I are in the midst of developing a poetry non-profit grounded in using poetry to foster creative literacy and community sustainability. The recordings program is a document of the people who are involved, in some form or other, in our developments, and it is a monument to the creative spirit that thrives here in Baltimore. Our job is to highlight the creative life: it is one step in the road to renewal. Not Gentrification!



    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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