Milwaukee’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change — invite to community poets!

You are receiving this invitation to participate in Milwaukee’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change event on Saturday, September 24, 2011! 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is a community action event scheduled for September 24, 2011, which will include readings, demonstrations, and concerts happening simultaneously throughout the world in the name of poetry and change. For more information on this project and to take a look at some of the other events happening, visit: http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/.

For Milwaukee, we have envisioned a Poetry Walk/Reading for Justice & Community Action. Poets will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the south end of the Holton Street Viaduct Marsupial Bridge (stairs at Van Buren Avenue and Brady Street near Trocadero) and will begin marching at 7:00 p.m. first over the footbridge to the Joshua Glover Memorial Plaque at Booth and Glover Streets, then northeast through Kilbourn Park, north on Bremen St. to Locust St., and west on Locust St. to Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E. Locust).

At the event location blog page on the 100,000 Poets for Change website, http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/?cat=146, Milwaukee poets will sign up for slots to read their poems all along the route, and we will continue the celebration with more readings and the collective writing of a community renga at Woodland Pattern <http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5788>.

Our goal is to showcase the diverse stories, voices and strategies of our communities in Milwaukee and to continue to build together and dream up the type of street, neighborhood, city, state and world that we want to live in.

We thought of you as someone who is making change in our community and want to invite you to participate in this event as 1) a poet and organizer sharing your words and 2) as a community leader willing to reach out to others in your community who we may not know about and ask them to participate.

Would you be interested and available to sign up to share a poem (because we are trying to include as many voices and perspectives as possible, we’re asking each poet to share a maximum of one poem, 3 minutes long)? If you would like to sign up, please visit our events page where you can see the schedule, which we will update as poets sign up for slots. Would you let us know the names and contact information of other community poets we should reach out to?

The reading schedule is:

  • 3 slots to begin the event at the gathering spot: Brady and Van Buren end of Marsupial Bridge
  • 3 slots walking along the Marsupial Bridge and east to the stairwell.
  • 3 slots at the Joshua Glover Memorial Plaque at the top of the stairs (Glover and Booth)
  • 13 slots walking through Kilbourn Park and north on Bremen St. to Locust St
  • 2 slots walking east on Locust Street to Woodland Pattern
  • 18 slots inside Woodland Pattern Book Center

Thank you for your help and your work!

In gratitude,

Ching-In Chen

Brenda Cárdenas

Chuck Stebelton

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