100 Thousand Poets for Change
100 Thousand Poets for Change, www.100tpc.org, is a non-profit poetry and arts organization conceived of by Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, in March, 2011. Each year poets, musicians and artists around the world organize events based on peace, justice and sustainability. Stanford University describes 100 Thousand Poets for Change as the "largest poetry event in history." Nearly 500 events in 100 countries take place globally. Stanford University offered to archive all documentation and audiovisual records of the event posted on the 100TPC web site (http://www.100tpc.org). Nearly 500 events in 100 countries take place globally on the last Saturday of September each year.
In 2018, 100 Thousand Poets for Change added a literacy initiative, "Read A Poem To A Child". A pdf of children's poetry collected by Florida State University University Libraries was made available as a free download. The poems in the pdf were selected from The John MacKay Shaw Collection, which consists of books, works of art, manuscripts, catalogs and ephemera related to childhood. The collection includes bibliographies, biographies, literature, poetry, and criticism. Over 2,000 individuals and organizations permitted in this initiative.
Although the worldwide 100TPC event is scheduled for the last Saturday of September each year, it currently takes place year-round. Read A Poem To A Child runs for the week up to and including the global day to allow for school participation.