Poetry and Hope on Display in Wilmington
(Wilmington, NC – September 30, 2017)
Join us Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for “A Hopeful Body” at Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front St., Wilmington. This event features an open mic for poets and musicians, with backdrop displays of Surrealist-inspired collaborative poems. An official offshoot of the international 100 Thousand Poets for Change movement, which seeks to bring peace, sustainability, and justice issues to the forefront of the global conversation, the Wilmington version will focus on hope. Readers and singers from all over the region are welcome to share poems and songs that uplift and energize our community.
During the month of September, poets are invited to gather in Wilmington to produce large-scale “exquisite corpse” poems to be displayed at the open mic. Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement of the 1920s. All poets and writers, regardless of experience level or familiarity with Exquisite Corpse, are encouraged to participate. The three collaborations will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 at Morning Glory Coffeehouse, 1415 Dawson St., and at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St. Writers may also bring poems to read and discuss.
A Hopeful Body is organized by two local writers, Craig Kittner and Elizabeth Gordon, with the goal of bringing creative people together in the spirit of hope. Kittner is a poet, playwright, and actor whose first book of poetry, Time’s Sweet Savor, was published in 2016. Gordon is an award-winning poet who holds an MFA in creative writing from Brown University and blogs at www.appalasianwriter.com.
Now in its seventh year, 100 Thousand Poets for Change was co-founded by poets Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion to advance environmental, social, and political causes. In this international event, over 100,000 poets and musicians will be reading and performing in cities all over the world on the same day, many at the same time.