Saturday, September 29th marks the global event 100,000 Poets for Change, happening in communities large and small around the world. Here is the link to the official website:
The melding of poetry and social justice has a long history -- particularly in countries where oppression, war, and inequality have existed. In order for poetry to remain relevant, it needs to continue to address current affairs and the opportunities we all have to participate in personal and global healing.
Here in London, Ontario, the local 100,000 Poets for Change event will take place from 2:00 to 4:00pm on the 29th of September at the Landon Branch of the London Public Library, 167 Wortley Rd. There will be a generous helping of local writers of verse sharing poems on social/political/personal change as well as poems for peace. Those scheduled to participate are Gay Allison, Frank Beltrano, Patricia Black, Stan Burfield, Jennifer Chesnut, C.L. Connel, Susan Downe, Debra Franke, Andreas Gripp, Louisa Howerow, Ellen S. Jaffe, Penn Kemp, Tom Legge, Tanis MacDonald, Janice M. McDonald, Zahra McDoom, Bryton McKinnon, Marianne Micros, Kathryn Mockler, Jennifer Moore, Gloria Alvernaz Mulcahy, Ola Nowosad, Holly Painter, R.L. Raymond, Jan Stewart, Ron Stewart, Christine Thorpe, and Elizabeth Waterston. Music by Robert McMaster and Jennifer White. Admission is Free.
The London event is part of the weekend-long "Culture Days" Festival happening from Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th. Supported by the London Arts Council.
For a complete list of London Culture Days events and activities, please visit http://www.culturedays.ca/en/2012-activities/search/results?location=London&firstsearch=1