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100,000 Poets for Change announced

| September 23, 2020 1:00 AM

Lost Horse Press and the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force are joining forces for the 10th anniversary celebration of 100,000 Poets For Change.

The poetry and music online event allows local writers, musicians, artists, and students to express their ideas for positive change in the community, in ourselves, in the country, and in the world. The community is invited to join Sandpoint poets, artists, and musicians as they connect with artists all ofer the globe to express their aspirations for a better world.

The Sandpoint event will begin on Saturday, Sept. 26. Email your poems, artwork, or photographs that will be displayed on the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force website to share with the community and the world in an online gallery exhibit. Your work will also be featured on the 100,000 Poets for Change website. Send original poems or artwork — as a JPEG please — to by Sept. 26. We look forward to presenting your ideas for positive change.

"What kind of change are we talking about?" Christine Holbert, Lost Horse Press publisher, said. "The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists — everyone! — to get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, in conjunction 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 local and global solidarity again. Let’s make it happen in our little corner of the world.

100,000 Poets for Change, founded in Sonoma County, Calif., in 2011, has become an annual event in which poets, musicians, and artists around the world come together to call for environmental, social, political, and personal change. Saturday, more than 300 concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs, parades, and demonstrations will take place in more than 120 countries around the world. 100,000 Poets for Change’s founders, Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, have stated that peace and sustainability “… are major concerns worldwide and the guiding principles for this global event.”

Holbert said participants hope to turn the conversation to peace and sustainability. "A common ground is built through this global compilation of local stories, which is how we create a true narrative for discourse to inform the future," she said.

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