~ 100,000 Poets For Change Our Month-Long Celebration in September will be Phenomenal!  ~

"Call For Peace, Justice, And Positive Change"


Bring a poem to read or unique artwork that embodies your vision for the celebration and promotion of peace, sustainability, and justice, or that which calls out as your statement for serious social, environmental, and political change in our world. Open to all participants.  Poets who do not want their words archived with 100K Poets for change are not required to sign a participant's agreement, as the open mic will not be recorded. Those readers who want to have their work documented and archived as a part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change event please bring a hard copy of your words and sign a participant's agreement (event #2). These will be included in the works scanned as a part of the open mic's program with 100 Thousand Poets for Change and will be archived per their website. 

Free and open to the public.   Hosted by North Florida Poetry Hub and A Gathering of Poets.

*Open mic signup 2-2:30 pm

*Poetry and artwork must be family friendly. 

*Artwork must be pre-screened (see participant's agreement #2) and have its own independent upright or tabletop display easel and be delivered between 1-1:45 pm   Artists MUST sign a participant's agreement. 

Pablo Creek Regional Library
Community Room B
13295 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32246

Open Mic & Art Show September 17th 2 - 4:30 PM


2021 Virtual Call to Artists, Poets & Musicians Video Presentation Vol 1


2021 Virtual Call to Artists, Poets & Musicians Video Presentation Vol 2


September, 2022

Read-A-Poem-To-A-Child Programs

In 2022 our members will be making live appearances at their local libraries and in front of children to read poetry for 100 Thousand Poets for Change Read-A-Poem-To-A-Child in September. 

We are opening this opportunity to anyone who would like to join North Florida Poetry Hub in reading to a child or group of children, and have their names forwarded to 100 Thousand Poets for Change. It’s easy!  Download the Reader’s Log. You can use your own reading material or use the pre-approved children’s poetry to be found in the link below. 

Fill out the Read-A-Poem Participant's agreement.

Find your children’s group, fill out the Reader’s Log and then email the completed event and email it to: ruth@northfloridapoetryhub.org.

North Florida Poetry Hub will record and file all reading sessions with 100 Thousand Poets for Change and you will be recorded as a participant in the worldwide event of Read-A-Poem-To-A-Child in 2022. 



North Florida Poetry Hub Poets taped poetry readings for children, which are now completed and up on the North Florida Poetry Hub YouTube channel, the link is being distributed to teachers, librarians, and other interested groups for children’s viewing during September 2021 as part of the 100 Thousand Poets 4 Change Read-A-Poem-To-A-Child initiative. 

We want to thank the poets who participated in this program:  Shutta Crum, Chris Kastle (for her amazing sing-along song), Sally Constain, Mehmet Gunes and Sharon Scholl. The video was wrapped up with a quick “write your own poem” lesson by Ruth Van Alstine.  Thank you for making all this possible!



1.    Loraine Masiya Mponela
2.    Doc Janning
10. Ruth Van Alstine



September 24, 2022

Open Mic & Call to Musicians, Artists & Poets Event/Project Hosted By North Florida Poetry Hub


For the entire month of September 2022 North Florida Poetry Hub in Jacksonville, Florida joined with other communities around the world and participated in the 100 Thousand Poets For Change movement to bring attention to subjects that are of concern in order to effect positive change. There is political/social change in the world. Wars, violation of human rights, ecocide, racism, genocide, gender inequality, homelessness, lack of affordable medical care, police brutality, religious persecution, poverty, censorship, animal cruelty, the global pandemic of COVID-19 and so much more than can be mentioned here.

To that end, North Florida Poetry Hub hosted an Open Mic for the second year as a platform for poets, writers, musicians, artists, and activists to get their message out, using the virtual platform to reach out to a global audience, to publicly use words to convey the message of their cause, be it about peace, the environment, civil liberties, social injustice, war, or any concern they are passionate about in order to effect positive change, which was shared with the world through 100 Thousand Poets for Change and has been posted on our North Florida Poetry Hub Chapter YouTube channel.  

This recording has been archived with 100 Thousand Poets For Change and on their website, as well as with Stanford and Florida State Universities who have deemed the cause of 100 Thousand Poets For Change a historical event worthy of preservation and will be saved in their archives.

** Posted is last year's video for your viewing pleasure - the updated open mic will be posted after the event takes place the end of September, 2022


2022 100 Thousand Poets for Change Participant's Agreement

North Florida Poetry Hub requires a Participant's Agreement to participate in our 100 Thousand Poets for Change written, musical and artistic projects as well as performance open mics. This is for the benefit and understanding of all parties.  Review and submit your participant's agreement today and get started on your poetry and presentation!

Use the "Contact Us" form for any questions or concerns you many have. Thank you.


Our Sponsor

North Florida Poetry Hub is a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association and was created by the local nonprofit Hope at Hand, Inc. to support and help the arts flourish for poets, writers and lovers of all things poetic and artistic in the North Florida region.

POETRY. WELLNESS. HOPE ~  Hope At Hand is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides art and poetry sessions to vulnerable and at-risk youth populations. Using creativity, language, art and therapeutic approaches, we facilitate healing and personal growth for children and adolescents.

Learn More: HopeAtHand.org


North Florida Poetry Hub is Funded in Part by Generous Donations From