100,000 Poets for Change Reading & Open Mic

Published emily - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 2:47pm

One Hundred Thousand Poets For Change is an international day of poetry for social change. The goal is to have one hundred thousand poets perform their original work on stages all over the globe. 

It was started in 2011 by Michael Rothenberg, who is the current Poet Laureate of the Florida State University library. This year the date will be Saturday, September 27th, and Gainesville will be involved with a reading starting at 7:00 PM at the Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main Street.

The event will feature readings by seven internationally published poets, as well as an open-mic so anyone in the audience may have the chance to share a poem on the themes of social justice and positive social change.

The seven featured poets are Michele McDannold, Wayne Mason, Michael D. Grover, Eileen Murphy, Dan Denton, A.S. Coomer, and Su Zi.

Michele McDannold is from Michigan City, Indiana. Michele has a book still available on Punk Hostage Press. She has a new chapbook just released by Cockelbur Press. 

Wayne Mason currently lives in the Tampa area. He has been publishing poetry for well over a decade and has published five chapbooks. His newest work is the e-book I Ching Jukebox. 

Michael D. Grover currently lives in Bronson, Florida. Over the years he has published over a dozen chapbooks. His newest book Dancing Too Close To Open Graves is now available on Covert Press. Michael is the current head poetry editor at redfez.net.

Eileen Murphy lives in Lakeland, Florida. She teaches English/Literature at Polk State College. Her poetry has been published all over the world.

Dan Denton is a poet and factory worker that lives in Toledo, Ohio. He just released his first chapbook Bury My Heart In The Gutter on EMP press.

A.S. Coomer is a writer and musician. He has published several novels. He currently lives in Kentucky.

Su Zi is a local poet & artist. She lives in Ocala.

This promises to be a great night of poetry for change in the Gainesville area.

Sat, 09/29/2018 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated