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Toledo, Ohio — 7 Comments

  1. Fantastic! Okay, Toledo – here we go! Anyone interested, let me know and we will get together to organize time, place, theme and whatnot.

  2. News Release
    “Transform Toledo” Event Planned as part of International Poetry Reading

    Toledo, Ohio, 10 August 2011 – Area poets and writers will host one of over 450 international poetry events planned for September 24, 2011. From 7-10pm at the Studio Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts at The University of Toledo, poets and singer/songwriters will be joined by other literary artists from across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to read their original works and celebrate diversity among local artists.

    Admission to the event and parking will be free. This will be the first event in the renovated Studio Theatre, generously donated by The University of Toledo’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Theatre and Film.

    According to Toledo Poet Jonie McIntire, “this is about transformation. We are street poets and academics, songwriters and factory workers, weekend scribblers and published authors, all meeting to show that Toledo is transforming past rust and foreclosed houses to a growing culture of art and creativity.”

    The idea of the international event came from Michael Rothenberg, who wanted each community to focus on their own specific concept for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which he stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

    The events range from a poetry and peace gathering in strife-torn Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to poets in Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona reading poems to each other across the border fence. There are 13 events in Mexico City alone, 24 events planned in India and 7 in Nigeria. More examples of events can be easily accessed on the home page of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website at http://www.facebook.com/l/SAQA-XtZaAQA1QC_qIIBgh5PwnxIZZpxF6KvVUhcooK-1Vg/www.100TPC.org.

    Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the 100TPC.org 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, 100TPC.org, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

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

    For information about the Toledo event, contact: jonier.mcintire@gmail.com
    Phone: 419-476-0959
    For information about the International event, contact:
    Contact:
    walterblue@bigbridge.org
    Phone: 305-753-4569

  3. Minor update to our poster. We have over 30 poets/writers and a few acoustic musicians lined up for a night devoted to the fantastic change already occurring in Toledo, Ohio. Poets Transform Toledo at UT Studio Theater from 7-10pm.

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