On Saturday, September 24, 2011 a consciousness raising event takes place that unites 95 countries around the globe through the collective voices of poets for change. Readings and performances are held in nearly every language and take place in all time zones around the world-clock.
The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway at Columbus, in North Beach, San Francisco, on Saturday, September 24, 2011 beginning at 1PM local time.
Her reading and that of other poets will be documented on video and posted on the internet.
The concept of Change encompasses topics that deal with political and social change, with the ills of terrorism, war, racism, ecocide, famine, lack of jobs, housing and affordable medical care, collapsing economies and with many other shared and pressing concerns. Each participating poet and each community group present their own area of focus for change.
The purpose of this sweeping, public event is to actually get together and create, perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously and in unison with other communities on all continents. The transformation towards a better world is a global guiding principle for this free and open poetry marathon and its poets and performers from all participating nations.
On this day and occasion Ana Elsner reads from her poems that examine the human condition which manifests in its many tragic flaws but also in its vast potential for bringing about benign and life-affirming progress.
Poet Ana Elsner, along with thousands of activist poets worldwide, is dedicated to making our planet more sustainable and our global civilization more aware, accountable, just and co-operative for the good of all human beings and all life forms on this earth. We are united in the pursuit of this common goal. And on September 24, 2011 we celebrate our unity by making our voices heard around the globe. [Samples of Elsner's poems will appear on this site.]
Quoting from a recent article on About.com, "The beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets For Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive."
For a comprehensive schedule of all international events go to the 100 Thousand Poets For Change website and find a location near you. Contact information is given for each venue. This is your opportunity to be a part of this worldwide celebration as a poet, performer, event host or audience member.
Press release on poets.org, The Academy of American Poets
Ana Elsner reads with 100 Thousand Poets For Change