ORGANIZER: Zachary Kluckman
EVENTS Planned for Sept.24th!
Slam for Change! Wednesday, September 21
7 pm to 10 pm
In partnership with the 100 Thousand Poets for Change project, ABQ Slams will be hosting a special slam for change at Winning Coffee Company (111 Harvard SE). Featuring Marc Marcel as a special guest poet. Competitors are asked to bring at least one poem for competition addressing an area where they feel change is needed.
Living Game Board Demonstration Friday, September 23rd
6 pm to 7 pm
We will be gathering at the Civic Plaza to create a massive chessboard, and filling it with poets and performers. These poets will read poetry in response to the issues and causes that they specifically want to see sustainable change happen for. We will be creating the visual metaphor of the ways in which legislation is passed without our vote, without our consent and in some cases without our knowledge.
Acequia Book Sellers
10:20 am to 5 pm
Acequia Booksellers is hosting an OPEN HOUSE/DROP-IN event highlighting recordings of songwriters, musicians and speakers for social change from the 1930′s on. The event will take place during bookstore hours (10:30-5:00) on Sat. Sept. 24. The impromptu program will include recordings by singers such as Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie and U. Utah Phillips, as well as speakers like Noam Chomsky. Acequia Booksellers has the best poetry section in New Mexico. Drop by and check us out.
24 Hour Drum Circle
10 am to 10
Drummmers from all walks will join us in creating a non-stop 24 hour drum circle with the Kosmic Trading Post acting as the heart and the drums creating the pulse, the vibrant resonance that reminds us that as long as life goes on, positive growth and sustainable change are possible.
10 am to 5 pm
Poets will partner with members of various social change organizations and non-profit groups with a mission to create change in the world. Workshops will be held at the Projects. Presenters from the organizations will speak to the specific challenges and the needs and poets will lead writing prompts in response to these issues, creating a new social dialogue and bringing necessary knowledge to the table.
7 to 9 pm
Poets and musicians will come together for a free concert, bringing together the community in a night of powerful verse and uplifting, conscious music. Presenters from non-profit and social change organizations will speak briefly, offering insight into the struggles, knowledge and hope. After the readings, everyone in attendance will be asked to hold up a candle for a moment of silence in reflection of all the bright lights we’ve lost to wars, genocide, homelessness, violence, drug addiction and more. The causes and issues are many, but so are the hearts and hopes of those who will join us for this event!
Tewa Women United Gathering for Mother Earth Reading
The Tewa Women United will include a reading around the sacred fire as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change project.