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.
SIGN UP SHEET
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
“POSITIVE CHANGE: RISING FROM UNPRECEDENTED TIMES”
September 9, 2020
On-line Zoom Event Hosted By North Florida Poetry Hub
On September 9th 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 all 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.
SOME OF OUR OPEN MIC PERFORMERS
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.
Emerging Artist / Poet
A long-time photographer, Laura began her artist journey only since the beginning of 2019, experimenting in acrylics and mixed media, but quickly became recognized as a very talented artist. Since then she has gone onto success in selling her paintings in many venues, among them the Jax Beach Summer Arts Market in 2019.
Her renown grew and in February 26, 2020 Laura had her first Art Gallery Show at the Grune Family Gallery with Players by the Sea Theater, and recently June through August of this summer she has been featured in the Virtual on-line Art Exhibition “Where The Wild Women Go” in the Femart Gallery here in our very own Jacksonville, Florida. Early this summer she discovered a new passion; poetry and has joined the North Florida Poetry Hub for new adventures in artistic expression and has shown herself to be just as talented in the craft of the pen as the brush.
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 ChrisKastle.com
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.
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3886 Atlantic Blvd,
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