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100,000 Poets For Change Open Mic ~

“Positive Change: Rising From Unprecedented Times”

100,000 Poets4Change2020: Welcome

September 9, 2020 7 – 9 pm

Calling All Poets, Writers, Musicians & Artists:

Please join us for a special Open Mic virtual event sponsored by the North Florida Poetry Hub, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of 100 Thousand Poets for Change by sharing your best polished poetry, prose, music or art with the theme of Positive Change: Rising from Unprecedented Times.

Bring your words, music, art, your passion to share with and uplift our community with like-minded friends, both old and new.

100,000 Poets4Change2020: Welcome


Final Lineup:

1.   Sally Wahl-Constain  -  Ponte Vedra, FL 
2.   Pat Krause -  Ponte Vedra, FL 
3.   Loretta Leto - St Augustine, FL 
4.   Laura Dill & Art - Jacksonville, FL 
5.   Goliath Flores - Musician - Jacksonville, FL 
6.   Shutta Crum - Ann Arbour, MI 
7.   Wendy Thornton - Gainesville, FL 
8.   Victoria Mullins - Ormond Beach, FL 
9.   Chris Kastle - Musician St Augustine, FL 
10.  Shani Hall – Jacksonville, FL 
11.  Ruth Van Alstine & Art - Jacksonville, FL

100,000 Poets4Change2020: About


September 9, 2020

On-line Zoom Event Hosted By North Florida Poetry Hub

On September 9th 2020 North Florida Poetry Hub sponsored an event for the 10th Anniversary of 100,000 Poets For Change celebration with a virtual Open Mic on Zoom. Annually, global events were held throughout the month of September to bring focus on peace, justice and sustainability. This year also focused on the effects of the COVID pandemic. Our theme was the hope of unfolding positive change with inspiration from our words. We had eleven participants nine poets, Sally Wahl-Constain, Pat Krause, Shutta Crum, Wendy Thornton, Victoria Mullins, Loretta Leto, and Shani Hall. Laura Dill shared her artwork and poetry "Resilience" as well as Ruth Van Alstine "Listen" with poetry. Chris Kastle and Goliath Flores performed live music. Each poet, artist and musician stepped up to the mic and combining their voices made for a meaningful evening of poetry, art and music dedicated to the 100,000 Poets For Change theme. It was a wonderful event enjoyed by all and archived on the 100,000 Poets For Change project. It was an honor to have worked with Michael Rothenburg on this amazing project, and to be a part of this worldwide event dedicated to effecting change in the world with music, art and words.
*All Rights Reserved on the participating Artists & Poet’s writings, artwork and music presented herein. May not be reproduced or used without express written permission of artists and poets in this open mic event with the exception for archival purposes only by 100,000 Poets 4 a change and Stanford University archival program.

100,000 Poets4Change2020: About




Highway Troubadour Project

Songs On the Road to Sustainability ~  Making and performing music for a living has been extraordinarily challenging in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a  musician who once thrived in my region, and a single father of two small children, this pandemic has changed just about every aspect of my family's lives. For the past twenty years I’ve performed weekly, from public places to settings as intimate as the bedsides of hospital patients. Playing and teaching music is how I serve humanity best. With COVID-19 opportunity for performance has vanished, and my industry is largely on hold.

I strive to live every day with integrity, and pride myself on being someone whom neither time nor money is wasted on. Music sustains us all, and with your help Highway Troubadour will be launched in a world that could use more song for healing, and actionable knowledge to fortify our future.      


Singer - Storyteller - Writer - Poet

Chris Kastle is an award winning singer, storyteller, songsmith, author, artist and educator from St. Augustine, Florida.  

Chris was presented with the Annette J. Bruce Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Storytelling Association and is the author of the critically acclaimed book of short stories, “From the Icy Fingers of the Deep,” as well as three CDs of music and spoken word.   

Visit her website

100,000 Poets4Change2020: Team Members

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:

100,000 Poets4Change2020: About

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

100,000 Poets4Change2020: Clients


North Florida Poetry Hub
C/O Hope At Hand
3886 Atlantic Blvd,
Jacksonville, FL 32207


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