Woodstock, New York

ORGANIZERS: Andy Clausen and Shiv Mirabito

CONTACT: woodstock108@hotmail.com

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.

Way Out Club-St. Louis, Missouri

ORGANIZER: Michael Castro

CONTACT: michael.castro@usa.net

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-

Sheboygan, Wisconsin


CONTACT: spyderbyte@aol.com

October 9, 2011

It is two weeks since September 24 and it has taken me a little while to decompress from all the excitement of creating the Shebogyan contribution to 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Right on the heels of the event, I was a guest blogger for The Best American Poetry blog, and I posted a story there about 100 TPC on September 25.The story appears in its entirety below this update.

We had a great day. I think a number of people in Sheboygan got to experience the power of poetry. As I have said all along, we were going for something very basic here. Not a radical approach, but a more gentle approach.

Our attendance varied throughout the day:

For the reading by Bruce Dethlefsen at Mead Public Library: 20 people. We had a good crowd and they were very appreciative of Bruce’s work. I made a point to make sure people were aware of the fact that we were part of a global day and I suggested that we all keep in mind that in some places, people cannot simply stand up in a public place and say what they want to say. After reading for about a half hour, Bruce opened up the mic and we had several people share their work including Gerry Bertsch, Georgia Ressmeyer, Cathryn Cofell, Paul Hanson, and others.

Book Worm Gardens: approximately 25 kids and their parents. This was my favorite part of the day. Bruce and I and a few other grown ups, like poet Karl Elder, got to read poetry in a very one-on-one manner with families. Here is a picture of me with one family. I think Karl was in the process of explaining the concept of Utopia to the kids. He said “well, a ‘topia’ is from a Greek word meaning place and ‘u’ is part of a word that means ‘good.’ So what do you think a utopia is?” The boy in the striped shirt next to me was very proud to say “A good place!”

I'm sitting with a family listening to Karl Elder read a poem called Zootopia


We were definitely in a good place all day long, talking to people, sharing poems. We had two girls under the age of 11 both excited to read poems for us in the lovely natural amphitheater at Bookworm Gardens.

From there, we went over to Paradigm for the high school workshop. Unfortunately, no high schoolers showed up, but poet Chuck Rybak (who had come all the way from Green Bay) was a good sport and we held the workshop for a group of poets who just happened to be hanging around. I joined it as well, and it was actually a very nice break in the middle of the day to play with the ideas that Chuck had for us. He is interested in working with various poetic constraints, and so we did a couple experiments. First, we wrote whatever came to mind but we wrote from right to left, instead of left to write, then pulled out interesting phrases. We also used an article telling the story of Troy Davis and went through, pulling out words and phrases to write poetic commentaries on capital punishment. The techniques Chuck shared were brain-opening and created a lot of much needed space in my head for future endeavors.

Next up at Paradigm was Obvious Dog: Bruce Dethlefsen, Cathryn Cofell, and Bill Orth. Cathryn read her poetry with the music interweaving with the poems, not so much “in the background,” but truly adding a layer of meaning to the words through melody and rhythm. Really great stuff. We had about 40 people in the coffee house I would say, give or take 10 or so thoughout the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. Here is a list of all the people who read at the open mic, which began at five, and then ended with featured reader, Karl Elder:

Paul A. Hanson

Doris Bezio

Georgia Ressmeyer

Eric Hening

Ashleigh Vertin

Laura Spalinger

Ed Filemyr

John Walser

Rob Forgette

Lisa Vihos

Scott Basler (musician)

A few of us read multiple times…we had fun. We had some very attentive audience members who stuck with us through four hours of activity and that was very much appreciated. We were only able to live stream the event from about 4:00 p.m. on, so we did not capture any of the activity at the library or Bookworm Gardens. I have yet to upload the live stream videos. They did not turn out great. We learned we need better lighting and a better vantage point. Next time. As soon as I decompress just a tiny bit more, my intention is to begin planning next year’s event and to work with poets throughout Wisconsin to unite our efforts. Changing the world, one poem at a time!

This blog post first appeared on  the morning of Septemer 25 on The Best American Poetry blog:

Buttercup, Hammer, Change is Here [by Lisa Vihos]

Greetings, all. I am happy to be here as your guest blogger starting today and for the coming week. Yesterday was a big day; one I had been planning since April. September 24th was designated by poets the world-over as the day to celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Were you there?


Poems can change the world, as they point to what is true. Poems can be hammers, splitting rock, or rich ground where we locate compassion. When poets join forces, the energy that is generated leads to amazing things.

In helping to organize the 100 Thousand Poets for Change activities these past five months, I made friends on Facebook with poets in Greece, Nigeria, South Africa, and all around the United States. I was reminded very directly in this process that there are many places around the globe where poets cannot congregate and do what they want to do. They cannot simply stand up and read poems in a library or a garden or a coffee house like we did in Sheboygan, Wisconsin yesterday. In some places, poems must be checked by a government agency before being read in public. In Turkmenistan, poetry cannot be read in public at all. As I looked out over the audience yesterday, I felt compelled to remind us that the freedom we have in America to congregate and to “use our words” as we see fit, should not be taken lightly.

The Sheboyan contribution to 100 Thousand Poets for Change was a success from the standpoint of connection. People in our community crossed some lines and got to know one another a little better, all through the reading of poems. We had narrative free versers, rhymers, and straight-up rappers. We had the poet laureate of Wisconsin, Bruce Dethlefsen; we had Karl Elder, Cathryn Cofell, Chuck Rybak and many others. We had children, young adults, and seniors. We had friends and strangers writing poems while they were listening to the open mic, then standing up to share what they had just written. (Actually, there were no strangers. Everyone became a friend in the process.)

We had teenagers lying on couches in the coffee house glued to their iTouches suddenly paying attention. We had a gentleman reading the work of his adult daughter with great pride. We had audience members sharing favorite poems from books. We had small children reading Mother Goose and other verse that spoke to their experience. All in all, I accomplished what I set out to do months ago: to make people fall in love, again or for the first time, with poetry. To fall in love and pay attention.

I woke up yesterday morning to a poem by Oscar Wilde coming through on a website called Your Daily Poem. Panthea is old-fashioned, yes, I know. There are words I did not at first recognize, “hymeneal” (of or pertaining to a wedding or marriage) and “daedal-fashioned” (made by Daedelus, the legendary artist and inventor, the builder of the Labyrinth).  Then, there were other lines that came in loud and clear, sounding very 21st century to my ear: “…all life is one, and all is change.”


All pathetic fallacies aside, when I practiced the poem at 7:30 yesterday morning and I got to these lines, “The yellow buttercups that shake for mirth/At daybreak know a pleasure not less real/Than we do…” I welled up with tears. I hate when that happens. Crying while reading a poem. What the heck? I thought perhaps it would be a bad idea to read a poem at an open mic if it was going to make me bawl in public; especially over something as cornball as recognizing how myself and a flower are, at some atomic level, one and the same.

But, I did read the poem, twice. Once at the open mic at the library, and much later in the day to a different crowd at the coffee house. At neither point did the offending words make me cry. However, when I looked out at the audience, I saw wet eyes, closed eyes, longing eyes, bright eyes. In that moment, I knew that the world was in good order. Poetry slows us down to look with our eyes, inward and outward, to pay attention, to revel in what is important. A poem can threaten a despot, shake a woman to her core, or touch a man’s heart. A rhyme can delight the ear of a child, no matter if the child is 3 or 93. The energy we put out into the world matters. And it does not go away. Wilde put it well when he said, “The Universe itself shall be our immortality.”

What do we want our immortality to look like? From Wall Street to whatever streets we live on, change is upon us. You may be a buttercup or a hammer. You may be ears or eyes or both. If you are like me, you are a poet. And as poets, we will be here.

What follows is the original announcement of what we would be doing in Shebogyan:  

The Sheboygan contribution to 100 Thousand Poets for Change offers something for everyone. If you believe that poetry can change the world, or at least that it can move people in a more attentive and thoughtful direction, then we need YOU… to read your work or participate as an audience member! If you do not live in Sheboygan, find out what’s going on in YOUR city and please get involved!

The Sheboygan day has several components:

10:00 a.m. Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Bruce Dethlefsen, reads his poems at Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8th Street. Open mic in the second part of the reading.

We will then transport him to Bookworm Gardens,
a children’s garden dedicated to literature.

12:00 p.m. Picnic with the Poet at Bookworm Gardens, 1415 Campus Drive, Bruce will emcee and invite you and others to share poetry for the young and young at heart. Bring a poem and lunch, or buy lunch there. Bring children!

The next three events all take place at Paradigm Coffee and Music, 1202 N. 8th Street

2:30 p.m. Chuck Rybak leads a writing workshop for high school students  4:00 p.m. Obvious Dog (music by Bruce Dethlefsen and Bill Orth) will accompany Cathryn Cofell reading her poetry

5:00 p.m. Open mic begins and continues until 8 or we run out of readers. We will be live streaming thoughout the day. We’re still working on that!

The Paradigm Stage

My goal in Sheboygan is to change how people feel about poetry.  I want poetry to become a household word. I want every person  to have a favorite poem and a favorite poet (or several).




For more information on the Sheboygan event, contact Lisa Vihos, spyderbyte@aol.com









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

Flying Squirrel-Rochester, New York

ORGANIZER: Paulette Swartzfager


LOCATION: Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa St. Rochester

100 Thousand Poets for Change — Rochester Event
Poets Against Hunger and Homelessness

Saturday, Sept. 24
11am – 10 pm
All Poets, Artists, and Musicians in the Rochester and WNY region are invited to join this worldwide creative action for change. In Rochester, we will cook, serve, perform, and share the call for an end to hunger and homelessness in our communities.

Rochester event web site:

This day of action will be video-recorded and shared globally by Rochester Indymedia.



11 am – 5 pm: “Open Mic”  Hosts: Paulette Swartzfager & Colleen Powderly

5-6 pm: LEGGS – A Reading of a Play About a Future Dystopian America  by Ed Scutt

6-7pm: Pure Kona Features with Hosts Norm Davis & Mike Rae

7-10 pm: Featured Poets with Hosts – John Roche & Ren vanMeenen

8pm –”Flying Words” – Kenny Lerner and Peter Cook


3-6 pm: We will serve the monthly Flying Squirrel Community Dinner.

7-10 pm: Open discussion & Poetry sharing in the lounge


Queens, New York

ORGANIZER: Suzi Winson

CONTACT: suzi@circuswarehouse.com


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 suzi@circuswarehouse.com. The more the merrier!

For more information on the worldwide event go to www.100tpc.org

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

Maker Faire New York: Circus Warehouse Interview








Portland and Vancouver, Washington

ORGANIZER: Christopher Luna

CONTACT: christopherjluna@gmail.com

For Immediate Release
100 Thousand Poets for Change in Vancouver, Portland, and around the
world Saturday, September 24
Contact: christopherjluna@gmail.com

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 christopherjluna@gmail.com 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 About.com 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 www.100TPC.org. 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
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, editor of the
online literary magazine Bigbridge.org and an environmental activist
based in Northern California.

For information contact: https://100tpc.org
Contact: walterblue@bigbridge.org
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 Amazon.com

Pasadena, California

ORGANIZER: Teresa Dowell

CONTACT: teresa.dowell@goddard.edu

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

A DDITIONAL PASADENA ARCHIVES: https://www.100tpcmedia.org/index.html

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

Oakland Public Library- PEN Oakland-Oakland, California

Oakland Public Library sponsored by PEN Oakland.

ORGANIZER: Adam Francis Cornford

CONTACT: adamfcornford@yahoo.com

LOCATION: Oakland Public Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

TIME: 1:30-4:30 pm

Featured readers:

Chana Bloch
Floyd Salas
Juba Kalamka
John Curl
Tony Rodriguez
Julianna Spahr
Adam Cornford

This event sponsored by Oakland PEN, a chapter of PEN USA

Bowery Poetry Club-New York City

At present there are 6 events being organized in New York City, details for all 4 events will be posted soon.

ORGANIZER: Valery Oisteanu

CONTACT: zendadanyc@earthlink.net

Jazzoetry for the Power of Imagination & Poetry afflicted by Jazz,

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Michael Rothenberg the editor of the “Big Bridge” magazine, created an extraordinary global event “100 Thousand Poets for Change” poetical planetary recite-tathon 24 September 2011.

Jazzoetry for Imagination” an event of poetry infflected by jazz and music organized and MC-ed by Valery Oisteanu.

“Jazzoetry for Imagination” is part of this important global event with the local poets bringing their voices and talent

Judith Malina
Tom Walker
Steve Dalachinsky
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
Shelley Miller
Max Blagg
Allan Graubard
Kat Georges,
Peter Carlaftes
Wanda Phipps
Ron Kolm
Yuko Otomo
Tom Savage,
Nancy Mercado
Lee Klein,
Ruth Friedman
David St.Lascaux
Barbara Rosenthal
Carlo Altomare-piano


First installment of  “Jazoetry for Imagination” The Flowery-BOWERY 100TPC Sept 24 2011, at Bowery Poetry Club, pdf  with poems by David St.Lascaux :




PS. here are two more poets from my: “Jazzoetry for Imagination” at BPC, 24 sept

1.Max Blagg was born in England and has lived in New York City since 1971. He is the author of four collections of poetry, and several other books. His most recent publication The Little Dress Book [Shallow Books, NYC 2010] was listed in About Poetry’s Top 20 small press publications of 2010. He has collaborated with various artists, including Alex Katz, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince and Keith Sonnier. With Glenn O’Brien Blagg co-edited the legendary art/lit/tit magazine, Bald Ego. He is a contributing editor to Oyster, BG and  10 Magazine, a Visiting Professor at the New School and a member of the faculty at the School of Visual Arts. A book of stories, Ticket Out, and new collection of poems, Slow Dazzle, are forthcoming.

Max Blagg poems for 100K Poets PDF

2.Tom Walker,(bomb the Beach) a 40 year veteran of The Living Theatre, is a poet, actor, painter, archivist, writer. He lives in New York’s East Village.



ADDITIONAL BOWERY ARCHIVES: https://www.100tpcmedia.org/index.html