100 Thousand Poets for Change

 

Founders Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion have set September 29th, 2012 as the date for the second 100 Thousand Poets for Change global event. 

On September 24th 2011, poets around the USA, and across the planet, gathered in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.  700 events in 550 cities and 95 countries took place in which poets, writers, artists created, performed and demonstrated in their communities, and decided on their own specific area of focus for change within the framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael 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.”

The goal of those involved was to, through their actions and events, seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and to turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.