A few months ago I was invited to a facebook event by Michael Rothenberg, editor of Big Bridge. I clicked “yes,” I would attend. Then he asked if I would organize an event in Mississippi for 100 Thousand Poets for Change. I thought, okay, a poetry reading. Little did I know how big this thing would be! Carol Williams had been asking for the Mississippi Writers Guild to read at her restaurant, Christy’s Fine Foods and Catering in Stonewall, and the 24th of September just happened to fall upon the day our Meridian/Lauderdale County Chapter meets. So, with permission from the MWG I asked Carol if we could have our meeting and reading there. She was so delighted that she decided to organize an entire arts festival for that day–Christy’s Annual Community Cultural Arts and Crafts Day. Starting at 9 a.m. there will be craftsmen, storytelling by Terrence, bands and singers playing, the poetry session, and a grand finale mass community church choir at 6 p.m. Members of the Mississippi Writers Guild will share poetry as well as music by Richelle Putnam and Sheila Hutcherson. Our 100 TPC program will begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue into the afternoon. This will be a poetic demonstration promoting serious change to stop abuse of all kinds, improve social justice, address environment concerns, and bond together in the hope for world peace, while supporting our wonderful troops.
Not only did our event mushroom, the 100 TPC now has 600 Events in 400 cities in 95 countries around the world. What kind of change are we talking about? Anything that will improve the human condition as well as our planet and all living things on it. The subjects of our poetry will concern:
- Abuse–Drug and Alcohol abuse, Child Abuse, Spousal Abuse and Animal Abuse
- Environmental Concerns-Pollution, Global Warming
- Human Concerns–Hunger, Disease, Social Injustice
- Peace–We love our troops and know we must defend our country, but at the same time we pray for world peace
Keep updated on our event by checking the 100 TPC Stonewall, Mississippi site.
We had a choral reading of Prayer of 100 Thousand Poets, a poem I wrote for the event.
Say No to Drugs symbol.