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Vancouver’s 100,000 Poets for Change happening will inspire the community to work toward a healthy watershed and wild salmon forever, which have been vital to Vancouver’s cultural and environmental history for thousands of years.

False Creek East beach cleanup

Poets and others will join Fraser Riverkeeper at 1:00 p.m., September 24, on the shores of False Creek East near Science World. As part of BC Rivers Day and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the poets and other volunteers, including a group of students from Farleigh Dickinson University, the Rotary Club, Burnaby North Secondary, students, nurses, and others, will remove shoreline litter and debris from one of the dirtiest beaches in Canada. The Riverkeeper will talk about on water quality issues that threaten human health and marine habitat in BC.

Entangled in poetry

Later in the afternoon, half a dozen enpipe line poets will join in on part of Vancouver’s large book fair’s (Word on the Street) festival at the Downtown East Side’s Carnegie Center, by offering readings from the enpipe line project, a 1,173-km-long line of collaborative poetry, out of a resistance to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project proposal. Enbridge’s pipelines would disrupt over 1,000 salmon streams and rivers in BC and introduce more oil tankers to the West Coast, and cause even more devastation to the Athabasca River and land done by current oil sands mining and production in Alberta.

This poetry reading will be commented on by Fraser Riverkeeper, in regards to the health of the watershed and how it will be affected if the pipeline proposal goes through, and by Moon Willow Press about the potential threats to the arboreal ecology surrounding the pipelines, including the Great Bear Rainforest.

Later that afternoon, at the Carnegie Center, poets are invited to participate in workshops, such as mutual collaboration on chapbooks, with Word on the Street. An open mic reading extends into the evening.

Poetry Reading

Poetry Readers on September 24, 2011
Time: 3:30 – 5:00
Place: Carnegie Center at Main & Hastings (classroom number TBA)
Sponsor: Word on the Street, Vancouver

Opening presenter: Mary Woodbury of Moon Willow Press
Closing presenter: Jalen Bailey of ForestEthics
Host: Christine Leclerc of

Stephen Collis

Stephen Collis is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent of which, On the Material (Talon Books 2010), was the recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Forthcoming books include several parts of the on-going poetic documentary of revolution, “The Barricades Project,” and a philosophical exploration of the concept of “change.” He teaches poetry and poetics at Simon Fraser University, where he is a 2011/12 Shadbolt Fellow.

Stephen will be reading “Take Oil and Hum” ( from the enpipe line.

Wil George

Wil George is from the Tsleil Waututh Nation (Burrard Indian Band) in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is a Salish Poet and Contemporary Storyteller. Wil’s poetry is published in various anthologies and literary magazines including In Our Own Voices Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation (Larkuma), and TRANSPORTERS Contemporary Salish Art (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria). He has published a number of chapbook collections, including Raven Pomes (2008), Raven Flight (2006, 2009), and Mountain Bedded Rock (2009).

Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie’s collection of short stories People Who Disappear will be published by Freehand in April 2012. Her chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects For The New World is available from Nomados. Website:

Alex will be reading “Project:” ( from the enpipe line.

Garry Thomas Morse

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of Transversals for Orpheus, Streams, Death in Vancouver, After Jack, and Discovery Passages. In 2008, he received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Artist. His new book Discovery Passages is the first collection of poetry about the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations.

Garry will be reading excerpts from “The Chaos! Quincunx”.

Rita Wong

Rita Wong is the author of three books of poetry: sybil unrest (co-written with Larissa Lai, Line Books, 2008), forage (Nightwood 2007), and monkeypuzzle (Press Gang 1998). forage was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads Poetry in 2011. Wong has received the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she has developed a humanities course focused on water, with the support of a fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is currently researching the poetics of water. In June 2011, she went on a Healing Walk through the Alberta Tar Sands (described online at Vancouver Media Coop).

Elaine Woo

Elaine Woo is a poet, comics-artist, lyricist, and non-fiction writer. She has written about issues such as breaking racial and gender stereotypes, political philosophy, the environment and spirituality in many genres including an interview with Michael Nicholl Yahgulanaas, Gene Luen Yang and Chloe Chan. Her work has appeared in Gusts: Contemporary Tanka, Ascent Aspirations, Ricepaper, Asian,, and West Coast Line. She was the keynote reader at a children’s literature conference at the University of British Columbia, reader at the Poetry Tent, Word on the Street Festival, Vancouver, and collaborator with composer Adam Hill in the keynote presentation at the 2011 Vancouver International Song Institute’s “Playing with Fire Concert.” Forthcoming work will appear in the anthology Vancouver V6A, a mural in Vancouver; Whispers Project and enpipeline’s anthology.

Elaine will be reading “Seal at Maplewood Mud Flats” ( and “Heron at Lonsdale Quay” ( from the enpipe line.

Organizers and sponsors

Mary Woodbury is organizing this event with Rita Wong, Associate Professor at Emily Carr; Christine Leclerc, Vancouver author and head of the Enpipe Line Poetry Project; Fraser Riverkeeper; and Word on the Street Vancouver. Christine is leading the collaborative Enpipe Line project in which the physical length of written poem lines will surpass the kilometers of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines.

Vancouver’s 100,000 Poets for Change event is sponsored by Fraser Riverkeeper, Moon Willow Press, and Vancouver’s Word on the Street.

We’d also like to thank the City of Vancouver for the donation of gloves and trash bags, and the loan of trash picker-uppers and vests.

Montreal, Quebec

ORGANIZER: Betty Esperanza


Montreal blog for 100 TPC event!

“Montrealers use your words to fight against apathy. Musicians, dancers, artists, digital wizards, volunteers, leaders, rainmakers and poets of all shapes and sizes; WE NEED YOU! No experience necessary! Email: and submit your talent. You are the difference!”

Video “It’s The Big Bang” courtesy of The Virtual City- Hip Hop Rappers LB da Wizard and Mysteery Productions. Montreal, Quebec, Canada ©2011

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Calgary Spoken Word Society & Single Onion

100 Thousand Poets for Change in Calgary Alberta

100 Thousand Poets for Change is a worldwide event on September 24th, uniting artists and poets in a simultaneous celebration to promote social, environmental and political change
The idea is purposefully broad – each community touching on their own local issues. Encouraging people to get out and meet their neighbors in times of ever-growing alienation. Come out and change how you see your local and global community!
Join us at the Bassbuss at Riley Park
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Guest Readers and Open Mic & readings from:
David Eso
Tim Murphy
Mike Roberts
Eugene Stickland
Sheri-D Wilson
The Calgary 2011 Slam team:
Erica Navickas
Erin Dingle
Andre Prefontaine
Paul Finkleman
and many other fabulous Calgary Poets!
There will also be an Open Mic so come out and show us your stuff!

Thank you to everyone who participated!  I was a fantastic day at the BassBuss! Thank you to Rod Coats for documenting the days event

Victoria, British Columbia

ORGANIZER: Richard Olafson and Linda Rogers





I am challenging the people of Victoria to geurilla poem one another on September 24 and forever after, to write poems in icing on cakes, to chalk sidewalks, to leave poems in pockets, to paint or embroider their clothing with activist poems, to call into radio shows and read poems that encourage positive change, to make poem cards for those we love and admire. All activist poets will be designated honorary assistant poet laureates at The Well on September 24. 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Download the Press Release for Victoria-BC



In the beginning, there was a world
that needed a word and the word
was go(o)d, master of the unbroken
universe, mother of the wheel that
breaks like the poet who sings in his
change like the sea, like children
with begging bowls, begging for new
words to plant in the garden of
good and evil. This is the dialectic
of smash and fix, beautiful verbs;
dirty blood filtered through kidneys,
dirty air wet-cleaned in forests, dirty
deeds transformed by alchemists,
dirty water washing stars, our
clean windows on the firmament,

deaf composers listening with their fingers,
children thinking backword and forword.

This is change as simple as breathing.
Expired, the soul has weight and we
rediscover the lightness of being, only
twenty-one grams: our holy vocation
to catch and release its  mysteries
as the river runs through us, revealing
the word that is love made visible.

In Byzantium, the words for change
are bozuk para, meaning broken money,
and nothing is lost in translation.
Long ago and far away, only hungry
beggars would touch these fractured
alms, but now that we’ve cracked
the world, an enigma engine that
drives itself, everything broken is
holy and we get to pay it forward.

Linda Rogers-Victoria Poet Laureate

Bancroft, Ontario, Canada

ORGANZER: Kathy Figueroa


Hi Folks!

A day devoted to poetry readings and music in Bancroft, Ontario, is currently being planned for Saturday, September 24th, 2011, and an invitation is extended to all poets, songwriters, and musicians to participate in this project. Bancroft will be just one of over 360 communities, in over 85 countries around the world, where poets will be joining together to initiate positive changes in the global community. So far, approximately four hundred and sixty events have been scheduled to take place worldwide. Called, ‘100 Thousand Poets For Change,’ the concept of poets participating and advocating for the common good evolved from an idea that American poet/songwriter/author and editor, Michael Rothenberg, developed to try to make this world a better place via the spoken word.

The schedule for the Bancroft event is as follows:

1. 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – an informal get together for coffee will be held at The Door Next Door Cafe, located on Bridge Street in Bancroft.

2. 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – a scheduled poetry reading at the Bancroft Public Library will take place. An, ‘open stage,’ policy will be in effect and everyone is welcome to read either their own work, any poems that have been written by their friends or family members, or a few of their favourite poems by well known authors.

3. 2:45 – 5:00 p.m. – another gathering at The Door Next Door Cafe, this time with live music along with additional poetry. (The cafe closes at 5:00 p.m.)

4. 7:00 p.m. to ? – depending on the number of people who express interest in participating, we could then regroup at another establishment and have an, ‘open mic,’ event with more live music and more poetry!

As well, there are a few poems currently on display at Ashlie’s Books, in Bancroft, and another collection will soon be put on display at the Bancroft Public Library. This latter group will include work by some of the earlier inhabitants of this area, current local residents, and a samples of poetry from other countries.

The main focus of the Bancroft, ‘100 Thousand Poets For Change,’ event will be on the environment, so any poems or original songs that pertain to nature would be especially appreciated.

For more information about this historical event, here’s a link to the, ‘Public Event,’ page for 100 Thousand Poets For Change:!/event.php?eid=106999432715571

As well, I’ve set up a page on Facebook for Bancroft:!/groups/164740476914270/

(I think that these links might have to be copied & pasted into your browser to work.)

I’ll be posting additional info closer to the date of the event. If anyone has any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The leaves of the trees turn beautiful colours in the Fall.

A view of the York River on the south side of Bridge Street in lovely downtown Bancroft, Ontario.

This is what the York River looks like from Bridge Street, when looking north.