This Saturday, 100,ooo poets will come together to write the change they wish to see in the world. On September 24, 100 Thousand Poets for Change will unite poets around the world in a sort of global poetry reading: a “demonstration / celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change.” In over 600 events in 450 cities and 95 countries—there are over 250 events planned in the U.S.—writers, artists, and performers will use creative expression to foment change.
While TPC provided support and an event location blog page for any community that wanted to organize an event, it was entirely up to that community to determine what their particular expression would be. It’s a global movement, but it’s local—inclusive yet decentralized—but documentation is crucial. Event founder Michael Rothenberg writes on the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website:
Each local organization determines what it wants to focus on, something broad like, peace, sustainability, justice, equality, or more specific causes like Health Care, or Freedom of Speech, or local environmental or social concerns that need attention in your particular area right now, etc. Organizations will then come up with a mission statement/manifesto that describes who they are and what they think and care about. When the whole event has taken place all the mission statements can be collected from around the world and, I hope, worked together into a grand statement of 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
All documentation from Saturday will be on the 100TPC.org website, and will be archived by Stanford University, in recognition of 100 TPC as the largest poetry reading in history.