Bethesda, Maryland

ORGANIZER: Tabatha Yeatts

Poetry Postcards for Kids

A five-person poetry critique group in the Washington, DC area (some of us are from VA and some of us are from
MD) and we are going to be participating in the 100,000 Poets for Change event by making poetry postcards for children and their
families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore.

The location of the event is Bethesda, MD (at the Bethesda Writer’s Center), although the fruits of our work will end up in Baltimore.

Harrisonburg, Virginia

ORGANIZER: Paul Somers

The Artful Dodger will be hosting a reading in solidarity with 100,000 Poets for Change on September 24th from 6:30 to 8:30. Readers will be Susan Facknitz, Paul Somers, Michael Trocchia, John Hostetter, Garret Milton, Heather Comfort, Tabitha Masters and Lorraine Rees. Following this will be an open mic.

Denton, Texas


Time : Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: The Square

100 Thousand Poets for Change is a global poetry event happening on September 24 with the goal of fostering solidarity among poets of the world and using our collective art to demonstrate against and to promote change in our local communities.

I will read Allen Ginsberg’s poems “Howl” and “America” as my way of protesting against the policies of Governor Rick Perry, particularly those that hurt education and help to promote the continued subjugation of women in Texas.

In addition, anyone else who would like to read as a form of protest is more than welcome. You can read from your own work, or the work of someone else.

100 Thousand Poets for Change-Coffee House Press

ORGANIZER: Jessica Deutsch

Facebook event link:

Saturday, September 24 · 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN

Spotlight on Coffee House Press – celebrating our vibrant publishing community – curated and produced by the creative staff of each press.

No evening will be the same.

Programs are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 45 minutes in advance of program with a book sale and wine reception. Book signing and desserts follows program.

Celebrate the launch of new poetry collections by Ed Bok Lee and Bao Phi, two of the Twin Cities’ most dynamic poets on the national Asian American literary and spoken word scene. In “Whorled,” Ed Bok Lee looks toward a global future, one where the dividing lines between state, religion, race, history, and culture have been blurred to the extent that the very idea of difference requires a new understanding. In Bao Phi’s “Sông I Sing,” the Twin Cities provides the backdrop to a rhythmic exploration of the contradictions of race and class in America. Emceed by multidisciplinary artist and spoken word performer Shá Cage, the program will feature a performance and conversation by the poets and music by DJ Nak.

INFORMATION: or 612-543-8107.

St. Cloud, Minnesota


The Poetry Bawl group will read poetry for the 100,000 Poets for Change event on the 24th for the Navigating the Aftermath Summer Tour ( held at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud, MN. The topic for the day is the aftermath of war.

Pojoaque, New Mexico

ORGANIZER: Beata Tsosie

We will be having a 100 Thousand Poets for Change Event in Pojoaque, NM. Sept. 24 from 7-9 at the 15th Annual gathering for Mother Earth at the Pojoaque Pow-Wow grounds. The poetry event will be held around our sacred fire.(Please no profanity at the request of elders and because it is all ages. We encourage hopeful, healing, positive vibes to maintain the sanctity of the fire.) Here is a link to our event. My thanks for letting us be a part of this. In solidarity, Beata Tsosie

Richmond, Virginia

ORGANIZER: Cheryl Pallant

Historic Global Event – 100 Thousand Poets For Change & Chalking Poetry

Saturday, September 24 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Cafe Ole
2901 W. Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia

Want to be part of a historic, global poetry event?

To date, 650 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 24 to promote environmental, social, and political change through poetry. Poets, writers, artists will create, perform and demonstrate in their communities with a focus on peace and environmental sustainability. Poet and founder Michael Rothenberg started 100 Thousand Poets for Change to direct attention to dialog and away from violence.

Join me. I ’m asking that Richmond poets and readers of poetry — teachers, students, and all poetic word lovers — find a poem or create one of their own. Choose a poem that celebrates positive living and a sustainable vision for the future. Meet at Cafe Ole in Carytown and chalk your poem in the parking lot or along the sidewalk. Get a friend or stranger to join in. Start a conversation. Share your love for poetic expression and your hopes for the planet.

If you can’t make it to Cafe Ole, write the poem on a wall, playground, or any other welcome public space. Take a picture and include it in the official website. (Scroll down on the right to find Richmond VA.)

All material is being cataloged at Stanford University.

Guerilla Haiku Movement: Minneapolis, Minnesota

ORGANIZER: Caley Vickerman

The Guerilla Haiku Movement is on a mission to cover Minneapolis in poetry, as part of 100000 Poets for Change, and you’re invited. If you’ve got the verse, we’ll have the chalk. Once equipped, you can scribble sidewalk rhymes at your leisure or set off on an optional scavenger hunt to help find new canvases and bring passers-by in on the fun. Organizer Caley Vickerman started by asking people to write haikus to one another, first in theater exercises, then on the streets of New York City. The movement has since blossomed into a seven-city fall tour, with hundreds of on-the-street poets ready to pounce — and Minneapolis is the sixth stop. Haiku of all themes and lettering of all forms are welcome, so seek out your spot and let those syllables fly. (Philadelphia City Paper)

When: September 24th: 2pm-6pm
Where: Spitting Turtle Fountain @ Lake Harriet Rose Gardens (Meeting Place- then we head out in teams all over the city- contact the Haiku Mistress if you miss the meeting point: 917.715.5976)
Why: For the pure joy of it. Because we are all full of poetry.
Pictures will be shared here and at

Sacred Grounds Open Mic Poetry Solidarity Event-San Francisco


Sacred Grounds Open Mic Poetry
Wednesdays: 7pm sign up and readings from 730 – 950,
Sacred Grounds Café: 2095 Hayes @ Cole: 387-3859,

Host: Dan Brady
Since 1973, the longest running open mic in San Francisco

Sacred Grounds Café, home to the longest running open mic poetry venue we know of, would be honored to join in solidarity with the 100,000 Poet’s for Change event on Wednesday September 21st. We have a decades long tradition of welcoming diverse voices and new poets.

Sign up is at 7pm, the reading starts soon thereafter.