Friday, September 19, 2014

2014: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Los Angeles


100 Thousand Poets and Musicians for Change – 2014, Los Angeles, CA
September 27 – 28, 2014 (and all over the world!)
Hosted by the Los Angeles Poet Society

Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd. Venice CA – Sept. 27th 2pm-11pm
Bob’s Espresso Bar, 5251 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91604 – Sept. 28th 2pm-5pm

The world movement started in 2010 by Poets and Editors of Big Bridge magazine, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion in Santa Rosa, CA, has sprouted fully to its 4th year – with over 700 events in 103 countries, from Cairo to Paris, Nigeria to Alaska! Artists are coming together, using their creative energies to stand in solidarity and encourage change. They are, as Mahatma Ghandhi stated, being the change they “wish to see in the world”. Artists are standing firm to be the agents of change in their communities, reaching out and expanding the efforts to unify and encourage a positive platform to achieve their collective goals.

Los Angeles has been a landmark for action and reaction, and often sets the precedent for other communities. The Los Angeles Poet Society takes reigns on hosting 100 Thousand Poets for Change, (100 TPC),  for year 4 in partnership with Beyond Baroque and Bob’s Espresso Bar.

9/27: 2pm Beyond Baroque, holds events and informative sessions from a social standpoint to include gender relations, climate change, peace and liberty, homelessness, stop police brutality, economic struggle, Occupy, and more! Organizations: Occupy Venice, the IWW, The Revolutionary Poets Brigade – Los Angeles, and the Socialist Party USA, Los Angeles Chapter, will be present in the Mike Kelley Gallery for Q/A and more, to extend change from the 100 TPC event to our own lives.

3pm commences with readings from the community to include: Women of Change with Poets Gloria E. Alvarez, Amy Uyematsu, and Iris De Anda, Men of Change including Julio “the Conga Poet” Rodriguez, Stosh Machek, and Jeffery Martin, a Youth Open Mic led by young Singer/Songwriter, Mason Summit, The Women of Punk Hostage Press led by Poet Iris Berry to include: Carlye Archibeque, Jessica Wilson, Pleasant Gehman, Susan Hayden, and Yvonne De La Vega. Beyond Baroque hosts a tribute to Poet Wanda Coleman with Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Jan Beatty, and William Harry Harding.  Charlotte Innes hosts Poets Timothy Steele, Catherine Chandler, and Kevin Durkin. La Poesia Festival, a MulitLingual reading will be led by Poet, Antonieta Villamil, plus a reading from the Revolutionary Poets Brigade – Los Angeles, led by Mark Lipman. There will also be an OPEN MIC FOR THE PEOPLE, all day long in the theater.

9/28: 2pm Bob’s Espresso Bar, in the midst of the North Hollywood Arts District, Bob’s joins 100TPC for its 2nd year in a row! The #2 literary hub in LA, according to Poets & Writers, owned by Robert Romanus Singer/Songwriter and Actor from the cult classic, Fast Times in Ridgemont High, has open doors to all forms of artistic expression each week with Writer Wednesday. A community landmark in itself, the Creative Community of “Bob’s” will bring together an eclectic show celebrating art and freedom, and encouraging solidarity to change: Senior Advocacy, Creative Aging, Religious freedom, liberty, Occupy, LGBT, Women’s independence, Peace keeping, End of Genocide, countering political scoundrels, Immigration reform, and more.
Hosted by Jessica Wilson and Radomir Luza, the show will include: Norman Molesko, the “Young Oldie”, The Whale, Zach Zephyr the Song Poet, Juan Cardenas, Pogo Saito, Mary Mann, Veronica Reyes, Radomir Luza, Tony Bates, Gary Sugarman, and James Gautier. There will also be an OPEN MIC FOR THE PEOPLE.

The above mentioned events are free of charge, but appreciate a $5 donation to support the venues.

Contact: Jessica Wilson, / (310) 895-3304
Event pages can be found at 

The Los Angeles Poet Society is a network. LAPS organizes and promotes events, pulling from within its own community, to create and sustain Los Angeles’ literary anchor.

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