Friday, September 09, 2011

100,000 Poets for Change, September 24th, 2011

Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion of Big Bridge have spearheaded a global event that will take place on September 24th. Here's a link to events taking place in over 450 countries and 600 cities.

Here are ways to get involved in the Twin Cities:
  1. The Guerilla Haiku Movement is on a mission to cover Minneapolis in poetry, as part of 100000 Poets for Change, and you're invited. If you've got the verse, we'll have the chalk. Once equipped, you can scribble sidewalk rhymes at your leisure or set off on an optional scavenger hunt to help find new canvases and bring passers-by in on the fun. Organizer Caley Vickerman started by asking people to write haikus to one another, first in theater exercises, then on the streets of New York City. The movement has since blossomed into a seven-city fall tour, with hundreds of on-the-street poets ready to pounce — and Minneapolis is the sixth stop. Haiku of all themes and lettering of all forms are welcome, so seek out your spot and let those syllables fly. (Philadelphia City Paper)
When: September 24th: 2pm-6pm

Where: Spitting Turtle Fountain @ Lake Harriet Rose Gardens (Meeting Place- then we head out in teams all over the city- contact the Haiku Mistress if you miss the meeting point: 917.715.5976)

Why: For the pure joy of it. Because we are all full of poetry.

Pictures will be shared here and at

2. 350.0rg is planning a rally on the capitol steps. The organizers are seeking out poets to participate!

          Moving Planet Rally: “A Day to Move Beyond Fossil Fuels”
Saturday 24 September, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (estimated)

Be part of a world-wide rally calling for dramatic reduction in the use of fossil fuels. We’ll perform simple roles in a procession, carrying images and messages that will stream back from one of our large puppets. No experience needed; instructions provided on site. For more information about this event:

Location: State Capitol front steps, Saint Paul

3. Recordings for Change: I willl be recording short films of local poets reading a poem and discussing change to be collected on a blog. If you are interested in more information about this, please message me directly. My email is on the sidebar.