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Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian
Christopher Luna by Alisha Jucevic for the Columbian

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

100 Thousand Poets for Change Vancouver/Portland Saturday, September 29, 2012

 11am: Northwest Women for Change, featuring Eileen Elliott, Toni Partington, and Jenney Pauer, Kiggins Theatre (1011 Main Street, Vancouver).

1pm: Poet as Engaged Citizen: Allen Ginsberg as a Model for Poetic Activism, a free workshop with Christopher Luna, Niche Wine and Art Bar (1013 Main Street, Vancouver).

3pm: Themed Open Mic: Share the poem that changed your life, Cover to Cover Books (6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B, Vancouver). 

6:30pm: Poetry and Jazz featuring Christopher Luna and Five Guys Playing Jazz + special guests to be announced, Niche. 100TPC wrap up party. Christopher Luna will also be creating and giving away poetry trading cards at the event.

7pm: Bards & Bread/Poems & Pastry: Poets Judith Arcana and Penelope Scambly Schott, Fleur Des Lis Bakery/Cafe (3930 NE Hancock, Portland).

Admission for all events is free. For more information about this global event, see or the press release below. If you are planning an event in Vancouver or Portland, and would like your event added to this list, please contact Christopher Luna at


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Second Annual Worldwide Event Includes Musicians and Poets Striving for Global Change

This Year’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change Adds Musicians; 560 Events Planned in More Than 100 Countries

Santa Rosa, Calif. (July 9, 2012) – September 29, 2012 marks the second annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an event that brings poets, artists and musicians (new this year) around the world together to call for environmental, social, and political change. Voices will be heard globally through concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations that each focus on their specific area of concern, within the framework of peace and sustainability, such as war, ecocide, racism and censorship.

“Peace and sustainability is a major concern worldwide, and the guiding principle for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “It’s amazing to see how many people have joined in around the world to speak out for causes they believe in, and to see so much heart and creativity expressed in their diverse approaches to this event.”

Participants are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability. Those that want to get involved can visit to find or plan an event near them.

“This grass roots movement has arisen largely due to the impact of social media,” said Co-Founder Terri Carrion. “We’re really excited about the events we’ve got planned this year.”

There are hundreds of activities planned in the United States alone, including:

A blues festival in New Orleans to help raise funds for medical care for aging musicians
A concert of Tibetan music and poetry hosted by 100 TPC Free Tibet in Pasadena
A concert in Nashville's Centennial Park featuring major local musicians
An Occupy Wall Street poetry group will kickoff a weekend of events in New York City
An all day festival with multiple stages and over 50 poetry readings hosted by Beyond Baroque Cultural Center in Los Angeles
A three-day event in Santa Rosa (near San Francisco) that will live-stream events from around the world and feature live poetry readings, workshops and various styles of music and dance including hip hop, flamenco, African drums, reggae and more

Poetry and peace gatherings are also planned in strife-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan as well. In Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, poets, musicians and mimes will perform in public spaces and theaters. In Kingston, Jamaica an entire week of concerts, spoken word performances, lectures and workshops will address literacy issues in the country.

100 Thousand Poets for Change began in Sonoma County, Calif. The headquarters’ event will take place at the Arlene Francis Center in downtown Santa Rosa and will feature live poetry readings, workshops and various styles of music and dance including hip hop, flamenco, African drums, reggae and more. The event will also live-stream other 100 Thousand Poets for Change events worldwide and is sponsored by the Peace & Justice Center and Sonoma County Arts Council.

Immediately following September 29th, all documentation on the website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011 as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will continue to archive the complete contents of the website,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

About 100 Thousand Poets for Change
Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg ( is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California. Co-Founder Terri Carrion is a poet, translator, photographer, and editor and visual designer for

100 Thousand Poets for Change
P.O. Box 870
Guerneville, CA 95446
Phone: 305-753-4569