ORGANIZER: Lisa Vihos
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lisa Vihos
July 20, 2018
Poetry for Change Returns to Sheboygan
The public is invited to participate in an open mic poetry reading
Sheboygan, WI, July 2018 – 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a worldwide poetry movement, will hold its eighth annual event on the terrace of Mead Public Library on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 1 p.m.. This year, the Sheboygan event will focus on poems that address a wide array of related topics: immigration, migration, movement through time and space, taking root in a place, and finding home wherever we find ourselves.
According to Lisa Vihos—the event organizer and poetry and arts editor of Stoneboat Literary Journal—the inspiration for this many-layered and diverse theme are the words of Uruguayan singer/songwriter Jorge Drexler, who wrote in his song Movimiento (Motion): “I’m not from here/But you’re not either/From nowhere at all/From everywhere a little.”
“Now more than ever, we need to focus on the commonalities we share with others rather than what we see as differences.” Vihos said. “I believe poetry reminds us of our connection to each other no matter where we are from. I hope people of all ages and backgrounds will bring a poem to share that touches somehow on the theme. And if someone just wants to listen, I highly encourage that, too!”
Members of the public can share an original poem or a poem by someone else. All are welcome to participate with a maximum of three minutes at the mic so that everyone gets a turn. In case of rain, the event will move to the library’s Rocca Room.
Sheboygan is one of 500 cities in nearly 100 countries that will share visions of positive change on September 29 as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. To view information about activities in other cities visit: www.100TPC.org. Following the event, all the documentation—including Sheboygan’s contribution—will be preserved by Stanford University in a digital archive. The Sheboygan event is made possible by the support of Mead Public Library.
About 100 Thousand Poets for Change: www.100TPC.org.
About Stoneboat Literary Journal: http://stoneboatwi.com/index.html