Larry Weiss-Nashville, TN

To purchace CD visit Snailworks Music

Over the past four decades, Larry Weiss has achieved creative heights some would envy. He is a multi-awarded songwriter for his iconic Rhinestone Cowboy. His songs span the creative from the late Nat Cole to the incomparable Jeff beck, from Eric Burdon and the Animals to Dolly Parton, from Wilson Pickett to Neil Diamond to Radiohead.

His number one worldwide hit, Bend Me Shape Me, has been used as a product endorsement for numerous major brands. Jeff Beck’s Hi Ho Silver Lining is the biggest soccer anthem in the U.K., and performed by England’s who’s who of the Rock world. Many of his songs have also appeared in T.V. or film projects all over the world.

Inspired by his song, Weiss was the driving force behind getting the film Rhinestone made, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton its stars.

A Broadway Musical, Rhinestone Cowboy, libretto and song score by Weiss, recently developed for the stage, is slated for 2012. The Dallas Cowboys will be using his song as their charge theme for the 2011 season.

In the very near future, Las Vegas may very well see a casino/resort hotel honoring the Country Music field, and in Nashville a boutique hotel, both using the Rhinestone Cowboy brand.

Larry, expanding his story telling for feature film, and leaning towards inspirational and family values, has written an adventure/fantasy story for feature film called The Last Magician.

He has also acquired the rights to the amazing life story of Maximilian Sikinger, the man who helped start the nature boy movement in California in the 1940’s, and whose persona inspired the song Nature Boy launching the singing career of Nat Cole.

"Blues in the Night" painting by Larry Weiss

In his spare time, Weiss, an abstract painter, is a singer/songwriter who performs mostly for charity in various venues domestically and abroad. His original version of Rhinestone Cowboy attracted Glen Campbell to record the song when he first heard it on the radio. Larry’s latest CD release, Cuts and Scratches is on the Cape Records International label.

Larry Weiss, born in New Jersey, who began his writing career in the 1960’s on the streets of New York, has also lived in Los Angeles. He has two daughters and a son all involved in the entertainment field. Nashville Tennessee has been his home over the past twenty years.

For more about Larry Weiss, kindly view his website, RhinestoneCowboy.Com.

Kansas City, Kansas

Contact: Fred Whitehead

P. O. Box 5224
Kansas City, KS 66119

Phone: (913) 342-6379

Additional contact, Christina Pacosz:


100 Thousand Poets for Change Organizes the Largest Poetry Event in History

The local Kansas City, Kansas event will be at the John Brown Statue, at 27th & Sewell in Kansas City, Kansas, at 1 P.M., Saturday, September 24. All are welcome. Those who wish to read please contact Fred Whitehead in advance if possible; in the interest of providing everyone a chance to be heard, please keep the reading limited to one or two poems.

As the venue is a street corner, people should bring their own folding chairs, etc. At the dedication of the statue in 1911, several thousand people attended, and the site has frequently served for historical and cultural events since that time. There are two nearby community museums which focus on the history of the Quindaro area, and these may be open for visits.

Directions: On I-635, north of I-70, take the Leavenworth Road exit, go east to 27th, then north over the highway, to the corner of Sewell. In case of rain, the event will take place in the stone roofed overlook at the north end of 27th St.

Poets in 400 cities representing 95 countries are currently organizing the largest poetry reading in history with over 500 individual events scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 24th to promote environmental, social, and political change.

Poets, writers, artists, and humanitarians will create, perform, educate and demonstrate, in their individual communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

Events range from poetry and peace gatherings in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad to 20 collective poetic actions in Mexico City where poets, painters, filmmakers and musicians will spread the word of peace and non-violence throughout the city with day long readings and workshops. Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such as Cairo, Egypt and Madison, Wisconsin. There are 20 events in North Carolina where poets have mobilized and will be conducting poetry workshops and readings, and will send poems to their elected officials in a campaign to support 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 easily accessed on the home page of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website at Each city organizer and their community has an individual Event Location blog page on the website for posting written material, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event across national borders.

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

LSU Readers & Writers- Baton Rouge, Louisiana

ORGANIZER: Laura Mullen

CONTACT:  or (225) 578-2862

On September 24th Louisiana State University’s Readers & Writers series presents a book-discussion with LSU Associate Professor Dr. Susan Weinstein, author of Feel These Words: Writing in the Lives of Urban Youth.

Carver Library, 1 pm free and open to the public.

Dr. Susan Weinstein Sue Weinstein is an Associate Professor of English at LSU who specializes in both English Education and literacy studies. Her current research focuses on the youth spoken word poetry movement, and she is working on a book tentatively titled The Room Is On Fire: Youth Spoken Word Poetry in the U.S. and U.K. She serves as the educational consultant to Baton Rouge’s WordPlay Teen Poetry Project and advises the LSU undergraduate Geaux Teach secondary English concentration. Her book, Feel These Words: Writing in the Lives of Urban Youth, was published by State University of New York Press in 2009; her research has also been published in the journals English Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Written Communication, among others. In 2011, Sue received two special honors: she was awarded LSU’s Brij Mohan award, given to a faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to social justice, and she also received WordPlay’s first annual Excellence in Service award. Sue Weinstein is happy to have the opportunity at LSU to work with undergraduates, graduate students, colleagues, and community partners who share her commitments to literacy, arts education, and teacher preparation and development. She is a potent force for change in the way we think about poetry, pedagogy, and growing up in America in the 21st century.

3300 Club- San Francisco, California

ORGANIZER: Nancy Keane


LOCATION: 3300 Club 3300 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-6886

Theme for 100,000 poets for change reading:

Submit poems that answer the following questions:

1.What change does the writer want here and now?
2. Does the writer have a plan to make that change?

Deadline for entries Sept. 2,2011

We will have ongoing events outside the 33 before and after the reading by poetry winners.


Pembroke Pines, Florida

ORGANIZER: Dr. Patrick M. Ellingham and Laura Mcdermott


At 10am inside the South Campus amphitheater outside building 69, poets from the college and the local community will congregate to read thematic poems in a round-robin style. We invite you to join us as well, and ask that you please share this message with others. We are planning for a large, local turn out

Haiti Bluez-Miami, Florida

ORGANIZER: Haiti Bluez


The Underground Railroad
Aquarius the Water Bearer



Hosted by
Profet & Ayiti Bluez

Live Streaming & Webcasting
Live Drumming
Spoken Word Poetry
& More!

Majestic Lips
4320 N.W. 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33136

8:30pm – 1:00 am

This is a spoken word event you don’t want to miss!!! Please share with others!

700 Events – 550 Cities – 95 Countries

Join other poets around the USA and across the planet, on September 24th, i
n a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.


FMI: 786.380.6568 Ayit or 786.355.9058



Tuscon, Arizona



What: The New Pueblo: A Multilingual Celebration of Voice and Culture from Tucson and the Sonoran Desert. A 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE event.



Where: El Presidio Park Plaza, on the grounds of the historic Pima County Courthouse, 160 W. Alameda

When: 3:00PM-7:00PM, September 24th, 2011.


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In answer to the global call from 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE, “The New Pueblo: A Multilingual Celebration of Voice and Culture from Tucson and the Sonoran Desert” will hold its first annual festival of language and action at Tucson’s El Presidio Park, from 3:00PM-7:00PM, on September 24th, 2011. As participants at one of more than 600 simultaneously scheduled events in 450 cities and 95 countries—from Egypt to Afghanistan to the Ivory Coast to Columbia—performers and audience members alike will represent Southern Arizona in the world’s largest ever poetry reading. The New Pueblo shares the 100TPFC commitment to make September 24 the first day in a critical mission to “seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.”

The New Pueblo will be a broad and inclusive event, premised on the idea that on a Southern Arizona landscape where three distinct geographies swirl to form an ecotone of unparalleled diversity, humans can and should do the same. Our distinct blend of Indigenous, Hispanic, Anglo, and African-American cultures has been enriched by immigrants from South and Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the African subcontinent. We’ve become a rainbow of hyphens. Sudanese-American, Vietnamese-American, Lebanese-American: The list is long. The New Pueblo embraces the contributions from every race, religion, culture, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation as essential to the fabric of our shared Sonoran identity. In the New Pueblo, each living being is a strand of our threaded goodness, each hyphen a rung in the ladder of hope. The New Pueblo rejects any form of violence. It also honors the sacrifice of veterans and the burdens born by the families of those who serve. It links arms with workers, seeks the wisdom of elders, and protects and nourishes children. It sees the wounds our current lifestyle inflicts upon the earth and recognizes the only possible future as community centered, all-inclusive, and built on a foundation of sustainability. Above all, in consciously choosing the difficult path of the artist who bears witness, the New Pueblo reclaims the power of language as a tool for waging peace.

*Capoeira Mandinga Tucson will be conducting all-age capoeira workshops from 3:30-5:00.

*Lisa Levine and friends from the U of A MFA program in creative writing will be painting children’s faces.

*We’ll have two 30 minute open mic sessions—at 4:20 and 5:30—so audience members can add their words to those from the following line-up:

v  Ben Quick ¤ Essayist, Poet, Teacher, Activist ¤ Organizer and Host ¤ Hometown: Dixon, IL ¤

v  Kristen Nelson ¤ Founder and Executive Director of Casa Libre en la Solana ¤

v  Mike Wilson ¤ Tohono O’odham Human Rights Activist

v  Lisa Bowden ¤ Co-founder and Publisher of Kore Press ¤ Kore’s GRRLS Literary Activism Project

v  Aisha Sloan ¤ Essayist, Teacher, Activist ¤ Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

v  Sewing the Seeds: A Women’s Writing Collective presents: Mari Herreras ¤ Rosi Andrade ¤ Geneva Escobar ¤ Elena Díaz Bjorkquist ¤ Jenny Fiero ¤ Kaitlin Meadows ¤ Wanda Poindexter

4:20-4:50 OPEN MIC

v  Chet Phillips ¤ Essayist, Poet, Activist ¤ Cascabel Working Group Co-Chair

v  Waylon Nakai Begay ¤ Dine Poet, Scholar, Activist ¤ Hometown: Shonto, AZ

v  Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and YWCA’s Nuestra Voz present: Sarah Gonzales ¤ Director of Racial Justice Programs, Tucson YWCA ¤ Alexia Vasquez, Sunnyside High Alum ¤ Amy Briseno, Sunnyside High Alum ¤ Enrique Garcia, Junior at Pueblo High

5:30-6:00 OPEN MIC

v  Lisa O’Neill ¤ Essayist, Teacher, Musician, Activist ¤ Hometown: New Orleans, LA

v  Leon De La Rosa ¤ Professor of Art at the Universidad Autónoma de CIudad Juárez ¤

v  Ocotillo Poetry Slam, Tucson’s official poetry slam presents: Maya Asher ¤ Shaikh Sammed ¤ Brian Towne ¤ Mickey Randelman ¤ Melissa Della Femina.


*Every artist and performer is Tucson-based and is giving his or her time to help make this historic event a success. We believe in Tucson. Remember:

Everyone is welcome to set up non-staked tents and booths, pass out literature, sign up volunteers, collect petition signatures, grow membership and sponsor rolls, display art of every form, and conduct peaceful campaigns for any inclusive cause.

We encourage–in fact, we need–groups or individuals to provide children’s activities such as face painting, chalk art, and any language-centered expression. Activities that showcase Non-Western cultural or ethnic traditions are especially welcome.

The New Pueblo will be especially grateful to groups willing to donate and distribute bottled water and/or prepackaged food—candy, chips, etc. Buying a few bags of pre-wrapped treats from the 17th St. Market or other grocers carrying international selections of food and passing them out to festival goers is a great way to highlight the gifts of a culture. If you wish to go further, please contact Pima County Health Department at (866) 939-PIMA (7462) or (520) 243-7770 to ensure health code compliance. If your group possesses a current permit from the PCHD and wishes to distribute unpackaged items, please contact event organizer Ben Quick at or or 520-250-0799. That’s me. J

As per city ordinance, the buying or selling of any good or service on city property is prohibited. Exceptions may be possible, but only through following the proper channels, beginning with contacting event organizer.

Ben Quick

Department of English

Modern Languages Building

University of Arizona 85721

Ben’s Personal Webpage and Blog:


Stonewall, Mississippi

DESCRIPTION: Christy’s Annual Community Cultural Arts & Crafts Event at Stonewall, MS CONTACT: Wynne Huddleston The 100 Thousand Poets for Change event in Stonewall, Mississippi was held as part of Christy’s Annual Community Cultural Arts and Crafts Event in Stonewall MS. … Continue reading

Memphremagog Arts Collaborative-Newport, VT

ORGANIZER: Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC)

CONTACTS: Dianne Laplante:; Deb Smith:


L to R: Greg Delanty, Geof Hewitt, Leland Kinsey and Jerry Johnson. Missing are Peggy Sapphire and Jenny Rossi.


The poet’s dreams shall have the capacity to defeat the actual at any point.
William Butler Yeats

When asked about the power of poetry in today’s society, Poet Galway Kinnell responded, “[While] poetry is rather invisible publicly, it exerts a quite powerful influence on a very large number of individuals. In this way, it percolates up through the populace and, over time, may have a profound effect on who we are as a people and how we relate to each other and to other peoples and to other creatures.”

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative (MAC) in Newport, Vermont is hosting a “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event at their Gallery at the MAC Center for the Arts, 158 Main Street, on Saturday, September 24th, 11am-5pm, with an open house reception featuring live music and readings by Vermont poets of note and the community-at-large. Admission is free. All are welcome. The MAC is excited about participating in what is sure to be a lively, illuminating and impactful day of poetry for all impassioned residents of the planet; poets and non-poets alike. The MAC’s annual “Fall Artwork Changeover Celebration” will follow from 5-7pm with a wine & cheese reception that includes music by cellist Ellen Sullivan and pianist Jim McKimm and an opportunity to meet our artists and speak with them about their work.

The MAC extends an invitation to Northeast Kingdom residents and all good citizens of the world including our neighbors in nearby Quebec and children of all ages to compose a “Haiku for Change” in honor of this historic event. Haikus, with name, age and contact info noted, may be mailed to the MAC Center or dropped off in person at the Gallery. The MAC will be selecting haikus to feature at the gallery as well as forwarding to local newspapers.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
— Henry David Thoreau

Among the gifted poets confirmed to celebrate “100 Thousand Poets for Change” at the MAC in what promises to be the launch of an extraordinary movement on an extraordinary day are Antonello Borra, Greg Delanty, Geof Hewitt, Jerry Johnson, Leland Kinsey, Jenny Rossi and Peggy Sapphire. Among the poets unable to join us on the 24th are Ann B. Day, Beth Kanell and Juliette Rose Wunrow, who will be sending poems along to be read by proxy in honor of this fantastic seminal worldwide event.

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
— Novalis

September 24th, 2011. A day for the world to be inspired by its poets, dreamers and visionaries! A day for poets, dreamers and visionaries to carry forth a new vision for this world. A day for a new world to be forged from the poetry, dreams and visions of all its good people.

Note: “100 Thousand Poets for Change” is the largest poetry event in History. Participants worldwide are growing daily. As of September 16th, more than 600 events in 450 cities in 95 countries have been organized to creatively, peaceably and poetically demonstrate/celebrate the promotion of serious social, environmental, and political change on September 24, 2011. Following September 24th all documentation on the 100TPFC website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event and the world’s largest poetry reading.

About Our Participating Poets:

Antonello Borra is Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Vermont. Antonello graduated from the University of Turin, Italy in 1988. He earned his MA (1993) and PhD (1998) from Brown University. From 1998 to 2001, he was Assistant Professor of Italian at Ithaca College, New York. In 2001 Antonello joined the faculty of the Dept. of Romance Languages at the University of Vermont as Associate Professor of Italian. Antonello will be reading his poems in Italian and in English.

Greg Delanty, a Guggenheim Fellow, born in Cork, Ireland in 1958, is generally placed in the Irish tradition. However, Greg now lives for most of the year in Vermont, where he teaches at St Michael’s College. Greg became an American citizen in 1994, retaining his Irish citizenship. Irish novelist Colum McCann, who has himself resettled in America, has described Greg as the poet laureate of the contemporary Irish-in-America: “Delanty has catalogued an entire generation and its relationship to exile. He is the laureate of those who have gone.”

Beloved poet, teacher, writer, mentor, Geof Hewitt, a 1966 Cornell graduate, worked as a writing consultant for the Vermont Department of Education from 1988-2009. Geof still teaches as a visiting writer-in-the-schools and for an undergraduate B.A. program for adults. Over the years Geof’s poetry has been published in prestigious periodicals, including Harper’s and The Paris Review. Additionally, Geof has been active in poetry slams since 2000, either competing or hosting. In 2004 Geof won the Vermont slam championship and, because no sanctioned championship has been held since, Geof, with typical humor and contagious affection for the form, is fond of boasting that he is the state’s “reigning slam champ.”

Jerry Johnson, a retired college professor, now resides on a farm in the Northeast Kingdom where the natural beauty of the landscape inspires and imbues much of his work. Jerry is an active member of The League of Vermont Writers, and The Poetry Society of Vermont who presented him the Corrine Eastman Davis Memorial Award for his poem “Sugaring.” Jerry’s poems and stories have appeared in many Vermont publications, including The Mountain Troubadour, the Chronicle, North Star Monthly, Green Mountain Trading Post, Caledonian Record, Hardwick Gazette, Newport Daily Express, and Northland Journal.

Leland Kinsey was born and raised on a farm in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where his ancestors settled in the early 1800s. He has conducted writing workshops for the Vermont Arts Council and the Children’s Literacy Foundation at over 100 schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. Since receiving his M.A., Leland has worked as a farmhand, printer, horse trainer and has taught courses at Elderhostel in writing, birding, astronomy and canoeing. He has published four books of poetry, including most recently The Immigrant’s Contract. Leland is known as the “unofficial poet laureate of the Northeast Kingdom.”

Jenny Rossi, a Northeast Kingdom native now residing in Burlington, has a  newly released chapbook, “Riches for One/Poverty for Two” by Deadly Chaps Press. Additionally, Jenny’s poems have been published in Short, Fast, and Deadly, and Strange Horizons. “Rossi’s work is stunning,” says author Alan Boye. “In just a handful of words she can pierce the very core of what it is like to be a human being.”

Peggy Sapphire is a former editor of Connecticut River Review, and author of two poetry collections: A Possible Explanation, ‘06, In The End A Circle, ’09. Her non-fiction includes publication in Education Digest on the subject of school violence and the relevancy of student disenfranchisement. Peggy has served as a Board member for a women’s shelter in Lamoille County, VT. She lives with her husband in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, in the house they designed and built together.

Poets by Proxy:

Four poems sent along by Ann B. Day in honor of 100 Thousand Poets for Change will be read by Geof Hewitt: 1) Riding the Vermonter in May 2) Nine/Eleven Prayer 3) The Forest Path 4) Beech Leaves

Mountain Psalm by Beth Kanell will be read by Sean Andrew. Beth Kanell is a poet and author of several adventure travel and local history books. For The Darkness Under the Water, her first novel, she drew on her family background of New England farm and forest, a neighbor’s tales of his Abenaki heritage, and the discovery that part of her own town, in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, had vanished underwater. Mother of two grown sons, Beth has always told stories, especially to teens, and the story of 15-year-old Molly Ballou became the one that mattered the most. Beth lives in Waterford, Vermont, with her husband and many apple trees.

Soup Kitchen Soliloquies by Juliette Rose Wunrow, 2011 St. Johnsbury Athenaeum High School Poetry Contest Winner, will be read by Deb Smith. Soup Kitchen Soliloquies has been described by author Reeve Lindbergh, this year’s acting judge, as “thoughtful, with wonderful detail, compelling images and strong structure.”

Newport, Vermont’s “100 Thousand Poets for Change” event is free and open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to come and meet the poets and join in the conversation. There will be refreshments, music and open mic poetry readings throughout the day. For more information re: attending or participating please contact Dianne Laplante at or Deb Smith at The MAC is grateful to our 100TPfC event sponsors: Passumpsic Savings Bank, Community National Bank, and Coldwell Banker All Seasons Realty.

The Memphremagog Arts Collaborative, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to fostering appreciation for the arts and humanities, and our community’s rich cultural heritage.