Thursday, July 21, 2011


In 24th of September the most historical global poetry event will take place in more than 335 cities all over the world representing more than 68 countries!
100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE is going to be a demonstration/ celebration of poetry to promote serious social and political change.

A message on behalf of 100 THOUSAND POETS from Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, the persons who inspired this global idea and action:

“What kind of CHANGE are we talking about?”

The first order of change is for poets, writers, artists, anybody, to actually get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how we see our local community and the global community. We have all become incredibly alienated in recent years. We hardly know our neighbors down the street let alone our creative allies who live and share our concerns in other countries. We need to feel this kind of global solidarity. That will be empowering.

And of course there is the political/social change that many of us are talking about these days. There is trouble in the world. Wars, ecocide, the lack of affordable medical care, racism, the list goes on.

It appears that transformation towards a more sustainable world is a major concern and could be a global guiding principle for this event. Peace also seems to be a common cause. War is not sustainable. There is an increasing sense that we need to move forward and stop moving backwards…[..] Together we can develop our ideas of the "change/transformation" we are looking for as a group, and that each community group will decide their own specific area of focus for change for their particular event.
Organizers and participants will create their own local event as an expression of who they are locally. Do they want a candlelight vigil or a circus, a march or a dance, do they want absolute silence, a group meditation on a main street; it’s up to the local organization. However, groups should be sure to hold some part of the event, if not all of it, outdoors, in public view. (outdoors is not required). The point is to be seen and heard, not just stay behind closed walls. It is also important that the event be documented. Photos, videos, poems, journals, paintings! Documentation is crucial. The rest of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change want to hear what you have to say about change and enjoy your creativity too! The documentation will be shared through a blog/website that I will set up, a blog/website where groups can share and announce event information, as well as post photos, videos, poetry, art, and thoughts. But an event doesn’t have to involve tons of people. It can be just you (the organizer) and your pet, on a street corner, with a sign.

Each local organization determines what it wants to focus on, something broad like, peace, sustainability, justice, equality, or more specific causes like Health Care, or Freedom of Speech, or local environmental or social concerns that need attention in your particular area right now, etc. Organizations will then come up with a mission statement/manifesto that describes who they are and what they think and care about. When the whole event has taken place all the mission statements can be collected from around the world and, I hope, worked together into a grand statement of 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

Thank you for joining us!
Best, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion

Facebook link to the event:

100 Thousand Poets for Change recognized as a historical event

University of California at Stanford, historically known as a world leader in research, and known for it's excellence in academics in the United States has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as a historical event and has decided to archive the complete weblog- as part of their LOCKSS program.
What is the LOCKSS Program?
“LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), based at Stanford University Libraries, is an international community initiative that provides libraries with digital preservation tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content. LOCKSS, in its twelfth year, provides libraries with the open-source software and support to preserve today’s web-published materials for tomorrow’s readers while building their own collections and acquiring a copy of the assets they pay for, instead of simply leasing them. LOCKSS provides fully managed preservation and 100% post cancellation access.”
In other words, the 100TPC site and all its content will be preserved forever, regardless of what happens “online”.
So the worldwide happenings regarding the event will be preserved forever as important archives in global art history!
Source :
Terri Carrion

Michael Rothenberg


Volos, Greece


ORGANIZER: Nana Nestoros
CONTACT[email protected] 

Volos photo gallery - Location for the event

I’m very happy I was given the chance to organize the historical event “100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE” in Volos.
Volos (Greek: Βόλος) is a coastal port city in Thessaly situated midway on the Greek mainland, about 326 km north of Athens and 215 km south of Thessaloniki. It is the capital of the Magnesia peripheral unit.
Volos is built at the foot of Mount Pelion, the mythical land of the Centaurs. Here is also the point where Jason and the Argonauts started their quest for the Golden Fleece on their mythical ship Argo… (Iolcos-Volos-Magnesia).
The event will take place on the promenade, at the point near the University and the Statue of Liberty.
Please feel free to contact me for any information, ideas, or submitting entries for the event :
[email protected]
Nana Nestoros

In Volos, Greece, there will be a stage set on the promenade by the bay, next to the Statue of Liberty. (It has no specific name, it’s just “the Volos promenade”) There will be a colourful mix of poetic readings, and music about change by prominent band “MOUSIKOI IXNILATES” (and there will also be a new amateur band of fresh musicians and singers shaped for the purposes of the event). There will also be poetry dramatized by theatrical teams, there willbe videos, photos and images projected on a screen around the stage with messages against corruption and oppression in the world.
Volos Statue of Liberty

(There will be speakers, for now the teams are working onsubjects, but they haven’t still decided who of them will read each team’s poems.. I will know in almost two weeks.. I’m gonna be a speaker, Xanthos Vlahos also, Tatiana Iliopoulou, but I still have no other names to give for sure until we choose the proper ones from the teams) It will be a powerful, wild gust of the fresh wind of change.


Green door …by Nana Nestoros
Lethal waves gulping us to the toxic bottom
Where the corals have withered and thrown up on red murdered whales.
Trying to hold on a sun ray to save us
But we fall again, pull our hands ’cause they burn
Trying to swim to the oily surface
And our faces become black as we look at the sky
Breathing fog filled with tumors lurking
Trying to find emergency exit from the past
And the wheel will turn this time
Opening the green grand door
And those who hid paradise
Shall be closed outside forevermore
We refuse world NUCLEAR
We accept world NEW and CLEAR
And we hope this is enough clear to all
~ 25 June 2011 by Nana Nestoros~                                 
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