On Thursday, September 14th, 2017, the Knight Writers, Central Penn College’s creative writing club, will host its 2nd arts showcase, this time joining the massive global movement – 100 Thousand Poets for Change. The theme for this year’s event is “Resist Hate,” a timely call as the country finds itself in turmoil and political strife. The showcase will be held in the Capital BlueCross Theatre on the Summerdale campus from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
“We wanted to pick something that embodied a message that is against discrimination of people, no matter who they are,” says Knight Writers president, Dani Payton, an actress and writer who’s performance poetry wowed audience members at the last Central Penn College poetry slam. “Our members are made up of people of different races, ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. But we share an art form (writing) that we can use to speak out against bigotry.”
Refreshments, poetry books and other items will be available for purchase, but the event is free and open to the public. Performers will be student, staff and faculty poets, story tellers, musicians and local author, Julia Mallory.
“Since her days hosting Poetry for the People in Harrisburg, Julia Mallory has proven herself a fierce voice for change,” says professor and poet Maria Thiaw. “Her work touches on issues of culture, society, mental health stigma and other concerns that effect people every day. She’s a great choice for this year’s event.”
100 Thousand Poets For Change (100TPC.com) describes itself as “a grassroots organization that brings communities together to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability.” By affiliating with 100TPC the Knight Writers’ showcase will make history as part of the world’s largest poetry reading. Stanford University will archive all video and photos from the event as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.
“Peace and sustainability are major concerns worldwide, and the guiding principles for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “We are in a world where it isn’t just one issue that needs to be addressed. A common ground is built through this global compilation of local stories, which is how we create a true narrative for discourse to inform the future.”
The Resist Hate: 100 Thousand Poets for Change event will feature performances from Knight Writers including Dani Peyton, Teta Gaye, Yuliani Sutedjo and other student poets and story tellers. It’s not too late to sign up to read a poem, tell a story or display another talent at this event. To get involved contact professor Maria Thiaw by Monday, September 11th at firstname.lastname@example.org.