BRATTLEBORO -- Saturday, Sept. 29 is a day set aside in cities and towns around the globe for sharing poetry and song that gives voice to peace, economic justice and environmental sustainability.
Brattleboro will mark 100 Thousand Poets for Change (www.bigbridge.org/ 100thousandpoetsforchange/) with a reading on Saturday at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m.
The free event is organized and emceed by GennaRose Nethercott with help and support from Write Action.
Nethercott said "Any art within a community leads to change." Therefore, Brattleboro poets will gather to share work covering all topics and content. The roster of readers in Brattleboro is nearly full, but for those still interested in reading, a few slots are reserved to be available on Saturday. The public is invited.
From the Poetry Foundation website: "Poets and artists will gather at venues around the world to read, play, dance and flashmob in the name of change. This year’s events include an Occupy Wall Street poetry reading in the Big Apple, peace gatherings in Afghanistan and Syria, and a blues festival in New Orleans. 100 Thousand Poets for Change was co-founded by poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, and is headquartered in California. In 2011, it was deemed the largest poetry reading in history." So far 800 events are confirmed in 115 countries this year.
Light refreshments will be served. All funds collected will be donated to a local organization working for peace or toward environmental sustainability.