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Pirene’s Fountain-ESSAYS by 2011 Organizers

    Pirene’s Fountain  A Journal of Poetry Feature: 100 Thousand Poets for Change-Guest edited by  Larry Sawyer   Essays and other writings by 100 TPC organizers. Larry Sawyer Steve Dalachinsky Barbara Barg Nana Nestoros Zachary Kluckman Mujeeb Jaihoon Richard Kraweic Menka Shivdasani … Continue reading

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Rosa Anna Pironti – Mondragone (CE) – Italia 2017

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A Wetland Poetry Revival- “I’M WITH MOTHER EARTH”- 100TPC NEW ORLEANS, MAY 14, 2017

ORGANIZER: Dennis Formento CONTACT:  

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100TPC Part of May Day Action in Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, FL May Day Action in conjuction w/ local organizations We are a multiracial and multigender group of individuals and organizations, faith communities, labor unions, student workers, transgender workers, immigrant workers, professionals and other allies joining together for a powerful … Continue reading

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Mitko Gogov- Skopje, Macedonia April 8, 2017

Organizer: Mitko Gogov Contact: FB event page:   Дизајн: Зоран Кардула

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Charlie Rossiter- Bennington, Vermont 2017

ORGANIZER: Charlie Rossiter CONTACT: 100K Poets, Musicians and Artists for Change All-Genre Open Mic September 30, 2017 7:00 pm 108 School St., Bennington, VT* Since 2011, 100K Poets for Change has been an annual world-wide happening made up of … Continue reading

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Faruk Buzhala Literary Club “De Rada” World Poetry Day Celebration and Slam Poetry Event- 2017

ORGANIZER: Faruk Buzhala, Literary Club “De Rada CONTACT: 21 MARSI – DITA BOTËRORE E POEZISË   21 Marsi është shpallur nga UNESCO si dita nderkombëtare e poezisë që nga viti 1999. Duke e festuar Ditën Botërore të Poezisë më … Continue reading

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100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change Benefit for Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild at Junction at Monroe

COMPLETE BIOS OF PERFORMERS… Ryley Smith is described by her label Cat Family Records as “The six-string siren that reaped Jeff Buckley’s soul.” Her EP from Cat Family is coming out soon. Ryley Smith collaborates with a variety of musicians … Continue reading

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Tony Frisby-Brighton, England 2017

ORGANIZER: Tony Frisby CONTACT:   The Nightingale Room,  Grand Central, Brighton – 1 to 5pm Saturday 30th Sept.

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LUCÍA ANGÉLICA FOLINO-Avellaneda, Buenos Aires 2017


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In conjuction with Uzupis Republic-Minsk, Belarus 2017


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Arturo Vázquez Sánchez-Liceo Poético de Benidorm -Santiago de Campostela, Spain 2017

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Susan Lamont Celebrates Diversity of Sonoma County, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Feb. 26, Gaia’s Garden 2017

Organizer: Susan Lamont


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Danny Shot and Eliot Katz: Issyra African Art Gallery, Hoboken, New Jersey 2017

ORGANIZERS: Danny Shot and Eliot Katz CONTACT: TIME AND LOCATION: Saturday, September 30 at 7 pm at: Issyra African Art Gallery 300 Observer Hwy Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

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Agron Shele, President– ATUNIS Brussels, Belgium and Dr.Albana Alia, Secretary , Albania / Itali E Mail: Website:   Hasije Selishta – ATUNIS Prishtine, Kosove Email : Bilall Maliqi- ATUNIS Presheve, Kosove Email: Irina Hysi -ATUNIS … Continue reading

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Mitko Gogov- Strumica and Skopje, Macedonia 2017

ORGANIZER: Mitko Gogov CONTACT:   Macedonia poster designed by: Zoran Cardula.

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Kat Copeland- Midland/Odessa (Permian Basin), Texas 2017

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ORGANIZER: Sherjan Ahmad



Our Pianist, Albert Ahlf comes from a Jazz background, he’s influenced by musicians such as Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Our Drummer, Taylor Simpson is a classically trained musician and also plays Jazz and rock. He’s influenced by musicians such as Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Jeff Porcaro and Led Zeppelin. Our Bass player/Vocalist, Charlotte Harrow is also a classically trained vocalist, she’s influenced by a lot of folk musicians such as Belle and Sebastian, Ruth Moodyand The Wailin’ Jenny’s. Our Rhythm Guitar player, Imraan Ahmad Khan is influenced by musicians such as Radiohead, Local Natives, James Blake and Jeff Buckley. And i’m the Lead Guitarist/Vocalist of the band and i’m influenced by Eastern Qawwali music and Western Rock Music. Artists such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Junoon, Coldplay, U2 and The Beatles.


Nyack Unity Concert Gives Hope

by Jocelyn Jane Cox

In this current political enviroment filled with rancor and disagreement, it’s good to know that people are also coming together. Five local bands played in the name of unity at Nyack’s First Reformed Church on Jan 14 with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood and Helping Hands. I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of this Unity Concert that featured Sammy Cannillo, Hold On, Caulfield, The Foxfires, Who Are They and The BeStills. It was more than just uplifting. It gave me hope.Unity Show

As Christian Diana of The Foxfires said, “The show was filled with people who were positive and supportive. The energy of the room was very synchronized. Sometimes shows can be stressful, but there was no stress with this; the spirit of unity seemed to take over.”

Can A Concert Promote Unity?

When I asked Sherjan Ahmad, one of the organizers of the event and the lead singer of the BeStills, why he helped to put this together, he said, “After the election I sensed a lot of negativity and polarization in our country and our community. . . . I said to myself, ‘What can I do in my community that can help bring some healing and unite us during these divisive times?’” He met with Pastor John Vandenoever, who is a guitar player himself and who was more than happy to help. “Things began to fall into place. . . . It’s a small step we’re taking to build awareness for celebrating diversity. America has always been a cultural melting pot and that’s one of its biggest strengths. This is our way of strengthening community through music.”

Ahmad, who is just 23 years old, has a stage presence and wisdom well beyond his years. He was born in Pakistan but has lived in Rockland County since 2002. He went to South Orangetown Middle School, Tappan Zee High School, and Purchase College. He told me that the first few years in the United States were tough because it was right after 9/11. “I was constantly bullied in school, kids would not give me a seat on the bus, they’d call me nasty names such as ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Osama’s son.’ I remember coming home one day, crying to my mom and telling her that ‘I don’t want to live here anymore, I don’t belong here.’ She told me to be strong and that things will get better if you try to build bridges. She was right because when I was 12 my dad bought me a guitar and that helped me share my passions, dreams, and stories with my classmates and that changed adversity to acceptance.”

This event was a direct and more public extension of that bridge-building his mother suggested 15 years ago.

Ahmad said that he, along with co-organizer Tyler Lamphere, of Hold On, Caulfield, put together this list of bands based on their having done charitable work in the past. “Most importantly, their music reflects the message of love and community.”

When my friend and I walked in, the BeStills were just taking the stage. Their music is about hope and love. It’s upbeat and combines the influences of Coldplay, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, and The Beatles. One song they performed, “Hearts Don’t Break,” begins, “Young hearts trying to see the light/But there’s darkness everywhere. You fall hard, you never give up / They keep pushing you away.”

Between sets, Ahmad was gracious, and quoted Martin Luther King. Ahmad describes his bandmates (pianist Albert Ahlf, drummer Taylor Simpson, bass player/vocalist Charlotte Harrow, rhythm guitar player Imraan Ahmad Khan) as his best friends. They grew up in the same town. “All of our paths crossed because of our love and passion for music. The unique thing about our band is that we’re very diverse in terms of our backgrounds, cultures, and musical tastes.”

One of the most powerful moments came at the very end of the show, when members from all of the bands, mostly 20-somethings, got on stage together to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” (pictured above). The song did the impossible: It made me hopeful.

A few days after the show, when I asked Ahmad how he thought it went, he said he was pleased not only by the amount of money that they raised but also the way people came together. He loved seeing all the other bands perform. They had to cancel the show the week before due to snow, and it started snowing and getting icy on the rescheduled night as well, but he said, “people still came out and they stayed until the end. One mother and daughter came up to me afterwards and said they had driven 40 minutes to get there and they were glad they did.”

Ahmad believes we can all bring some light to the world, that we can all bring small changes to our circles, whether we’re doctors or teachers or musicians. “If we do this,” he said, “little by little, it all adds up.”

These are wise words from this 23 year-old. And this kind of optimism and belief in unity? Completely contagious. Keep your eye out for all of these bands as they release records and perform locally and beyond. This is our country’s future, and it looks very promising.

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100TPC Santa Rosa, CA Series Continues – Jan.22nd Event

100 Thousand Poets for Change/Poets Against the Trump Agenda. We are leaving lots of time for Open Mic, so come on down and please share this with other poets.  

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Vera Bonaccini and Matisklo Editions- Savona, Italy 2016

ORGANIZER: Vera Bonaccini and Matisklo Editions CONTACT:    

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Laura Collado – Barcelona, Spain 2016


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Lonnie Buerge – Kansas City, Missouri 2016


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Elvana Zaimi-Tirana, Albania 2016

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Dipalle Parmar -Pune, India 2016

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Anthony Mokwe -Abuja, Nigeria 2016


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Lyn Coffin -Tbilisi, Georgia

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Kimberly Burnham -Spokane, Washington 2916

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Curtis Glatter – Ypsilanti, Michigan 2016


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Nirmal Kumar Thapa-Color Nepal- Kathmandu, Nepal 2016

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Eccentrich Chery- Pompano, Florida 2016

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Yvonne De La Vega– Los Angeles, California 2016

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Abhimanyu Verma- bring back the poets Delhi, India 2016


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Maria Pagano- Salerno, Italy 2016


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Valerie Nieman- Greensboro, North Carolina 2016

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Norddine Zouitni- El Jadida, Morocco 2016

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100TPC Tallahassee, Florida Pre-Inauguration Poetry Readings, 4 Events 2017

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Baiju Laila Raaj Kozhikode, Kerala, India 2016


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Eliot Katz, Vivian Demuth and Danny Shot- Hoboken, New Jersey 2016

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Calin Lundin-Stockholm, Sweden 2016


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Lena McNeil – Pensacola, Florida 2016


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Michelle Regalado Deatrick-Ann Arbor, Michigan 2016

ORGANIZER: Michelle Regalado Deatrick CONTACT: Ann Arbor, Michigan

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D Colin -Troy, New York 2016


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Paul Corman-Roberts-Oakland, California 2016

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Katerina Voskaridou Pakkou-TECHNODROMIO -Limassol, Cyprus 2016


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100 TPC Collaborates! – 4 Inauguration Creative Actions in Tallahassee, FL!

100 TPC is honored to be co-hosting events and working in conjuction with local organizers, poets and activists in Tallahassee, FL for Inauguration week creative actions!

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100TPC Global Action Calendar is Here!

Since 2011, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has been working with poets, writers, artists, musicians… to help organize and inspire events around the world for peace, justice and sustainability. Now, more than ever, mobilization is crucial so we have created a GLOBAL ACTION … Continue reading

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Nicole Cage -“Pawol lakay Nikol » : Poesía en casa de Fort-de-France, Martinique 2016


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Poet On Watch -Newark, New Jersey 2016


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Jenn Chamberlin-Poetry of Yoga- Bremerton WA 2016

ORGANIZER: Jennchamberlin CONTACT: LOCATION: 249 4th Street, Bremerton WA 98337  

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Ciaran Shortman- Leeds, England 2016


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Annelisa Addolorato-Milan, Italy 2016

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Idiong Divine-Warri, Nigeria 2016

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Bob Hanson- Neshkoro WI 2016


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Pilar Castel -Rome, Italy 2016


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Odilia Gavilan Rodriguez -Davis, California 2016

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Theresa Rawlings – Alvin, Texas 2016

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Carol Williams- Elora Poetry Center- Ontario, Canada 2016


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Shingi Mavima-Grand Rapids, Michigan 2016

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Parimala Kamatar -Gulbarga, India 2016

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Starchild Atlanta, Georgia 2016


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Judyth Hill- Chantilly, France 2016


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Pia Montalban -Urban Brew- Tarlac, Phillippines 2016


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MAqueila Lewis- Liminal- Oakland, CA 2016

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Virginia Barrett Outrage! San Francisco, CA 2016

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Charles Williams, Los Angeles, CA 2016

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Today…Dec. 3rd-Belem (Bethlehem) Brazil Event

  Saturday, 03 December 2016 Belem, Brazil! 100 thousand poets & musicians for change – event of the Amazon 2016 [again in Bethlehem the event “100 thousand poets & musicians for changes”] – event of the Amazon Today, Saturday, 03, … Continue reading

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Susan Lamont, Working Class Blues, 100 Thousand Poets for Change at Gaia’s Garden, January 22, 2016

Organizer: Susan Lamont

The next 100 Thousand Poets for Change is Sunday afternoon (exact time later), January 22nd. That is two days after the Trump inauguration (shudder). The official theme is Working Class Blues and we’ve had a few sign-ups already. I expect some presidential politics will sneak in as well what with these themes being rather closely connected. Some of you just might have something to say! Let me know! – Peace, Susan


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Society of Young Nigerian Writers -Anambra State Chapter, Awka, Nigeria

Organizer: Izunna Okafor
Contact: 07067102336
Venue – Anambra State Library Board, Awka, Anambra State


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Society of Young Nigerian Writers- Wole Adedoyin- Ibadan, Oyo State Chapter, Nigeria

Organizer: Wole Adedoyin
Organizer – SYNW Oyo State Chapter
Venue – Oba Akinyele Memorial High School, Bashorun, Ibadan, Oyo State.


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Society of Young Nigerian Writers- Osun State Chapter, Osogbo, Nigeria 2016

ORGANIZER: Lukman Alawode
Venue – National Library of Nigeria, Osun State Branch, Osogbo




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The purpose of this GLOBAL ACTION CALENDAR is to create a global awareness of the many important events and actions taking place in arts communities around the world that intend to change the narrative of civilization from war, racism, misogyny, and ecological destruction to a narrative of peace, justice and sustainability. We hope this GLOBAL ACTION CALENDAR will be a great source of creative ideas and empowerment and help create positive change.

Please post your event details for the GLOBAL ACTION CALENDAR in the Comment Box below the calendar. Include the name of your event, event description, venue name, event location, time and date and any available contact information. This calendar is open to ALL artists of ALL disciplines. All event listings will appear within 2 hours of posting. 

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Event of the Amazon 2016-Belem, Brazil

Saturday, 03 December 2016 Belem, Brazil! 100 thousand poets & musicians for change – event of the Amazon 2016 “100 MIL POETAS & MÚSICOS POR MUDANÇAS” – EVENTO DA AMAZÔNIA 2016 ] A ideia é fazer tudo do jeito mais … Continue reading

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The RESISTANCE POETRY WALL has been opened in response to the call by many for an open place to post poetry and art about the recent USA elections. Poets and artists from around the world are invited to post their work here. Feel free to share this link.

The poetry and art posted on the WALL are not limited to the USA elections. There are many issues that concern us all and we welcome your contribution to this page.

Post your poems  in the comment box at the bottom of the page. Your poem will appear on the WALL in approximately 1 hour.

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Santa Rosa, CA Monthly Reading Series continues…with LOVE!

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