What is 100 Thousand Poets for Change?
Founded in 2010 by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, 100 Thousand Poets (and Musicians) for Change (100TPC for short) is a grassroots educational organization that promotes the arts, particularly poetry, literature, and music. Their activity centers on an annual worldwide poetry event –the largest of its kind– where poets, musicians and artists around the world come together to call for environmental, social and political change on the last Saturday of every September in cities across the globe.
These events are without a set structure, providing each individual organizer the freedom to present an event that is original and perhaps unique to their area of the country or world. The only requirement is that the event content focus on the theme of change, a theme that may encompass many topics that are left to the discretion of the individual organizer or poet.
At its launch in 2011, 700 events were successfully organized in 550 cities, garnering enough attention to be noticed by Stanford University, which has offered to archive all documentation, audiovisual and otherwise, that may be posted on the 100TPC website.