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Fourth Annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change in New Bedford

Posted in Poetry Readings with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2014 by whalingcityreview


September 28, 2014 marks the fourth annual 100 Thousand Poets for Change, an event that brings poets, artists and musicians (new this year) around the world together to call for environmental, social, and political change. Voices will be heard globally through concerts, readings, workshops, flash mobs and demonstrations that each focus on their specific area of concern, within the framework of peace and sustainability, such as war, ecocide, racism and censorship.

“Peace and sustainability is a major concern worldwide, and the guiding principle for this global event,” said Michael Rothenberg, Co-Founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. “It’s amazing to see how many people have joined in around the world to speak out for causes they believe in, and to see so much heart and creativity expressed in their diverse approaches to this event.”

With over 80 countries participating, Gallery X in downtown New Bedford will be the site of our own local event that includes acoustic musicians along with area poets.

Hosted by New Bedford’s Poet Laureate Patricia Gomes, the reading starts at 1PM in the lower level (Frederick Douglass Gallery) of Gallery X, 169 William St., New Bedford. This event is free and open to the public, but parental guidance is suggested as not all poetry may be suitable for younger listeners.  Poets will read from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 28, 2014.   Visit 100 Thousand Poets for Change at


100 Thousand Poets for Change in New Bedford

Posted in Poetry Readings with tags , , , on September 23, 2013 by whalingcityreview


Bring your poems of hope and change, peace and acceptance —  be the change you want to see. Hosted by local poets Patricia Gomes and Maggie Cleveland.

100 Thousand Poets for Change is a “live” worldwide initiative featuring nearly 700 events in 110 countries. Plan to be a part of this event! New Bedford’s 100 TPC will be held on Sunday, September 29th at Gallery X in New Bedford.

For the first time, we are including acoustic musicians in addition to poets. Sign-up begins at 12:30 pm sharp, no more than 2 poems, please.

E-mail for info:, or visit


Photo credit: Drew Pion

Ocean Voices – Book Release: Poetry Reading and Book Signing To Be Held at New Bedford Whaling Museum Sunday, February 24, 2013

Posted in Poetry Readings on February 21, 2013 by whalingcityreview


New Bedford, MA— Local poets whose work appears in Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems will read their poems at a book release event held in New Bedford Whaling Museum’s auditorium, Sunday, February 24, 2013 from 2-4 p.m. Readers include: Everett Hoagland, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Susan Grace, Claudia Grace, Askia Toure, Ken Hartnett, Maggie Cleveland & Catherine McLaughlin. The poetry reading will start at 2 p.m. with a book signing following the reading. Ocean Voices will be available for purchase on that day. The event is free and open to the public. Ocean Voices: An Anthology of Ocean Poems is edited by Everett Hoagland and published by Spinner Publications.

Ocean Voices is a collection of poems inspired by the sea. Walt Whitman is one of these voices, as are masters such as Melville, Dickinson and D.H. Lawrence. Celebrated twentieth-century and modern-day poets appear in the book, such as Pablo Neruda, Askia Toure, Amiri Baraka, Mary Oliver, Robert Francis, Derek Walcott, Lucille Clifton, Catherine McLaughlin and authentic fisherman poet, David Densmore. New England poets Claudia Grace, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, Susan Grace and former New Bedford poet laureates John Landry and Everett Hoagland also lend their voices.

EV dropEditor Everett Hoagland chose poems that speak directly about the ocean, using it as an evocative backdrop, poems written with a mix of autobiography, literary skill, and artful personification. “Since many of us in the New Bedford area live in or near a seaside community” explains Hoagland, “I put together this collection by poets from cultural backgrounds who variously give voice to the ocean’s impact on our thoughts and lives. The hope is that the anthology will help foster appreciation for the ocean and raise consciousness about the immediate need to care for it. As the ocean goes, so go we.”

In his Foreword, Hoagland advises us to hold this book to our mind’s ear, “just as we held sea shells to our outer ear during childhood visits to the seashore, and we shall hear the sea’s measured music…as well as moans from slave and convict ships.” In the book’s Introduction, Laurie Robertson-Lorant, noted author and Melville biographer, reminds us that although the ocean has been a source of creative inspiration and spiritual insight to human beings for millennia, human ignorance, greed and heartless disrespect for it have produced a continent-sized island of plastic known as “the Pacific gyre.”

Everett Hoagland is Emeritus Professor at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and former Poet Laureate of New Bedford, Massachusetts (1994-1998). He is the author of several books including This City and Other Poems, and Here: New and Selected Poems. Professor Hoagland is published in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2002, The Oxford Anthology of African American Poetry, The Body Electric, African American Literature (eds Wardi & Gilyard), Liberation Poetry, Bum Rush The Page, and many others. His periodical publications include The Massachusetts Review, The American Poetry Review, The UUA WORLD. He has read his work to audiences in Asia, Africa, Latin America and all over the USA.

Spinner Publications is a New Bedford-based, award-winning publisher of books, videos, and calendars focusing on the history and culture of southeastern New England. Among its most popular titles are Lincoln Park Remembered, A Picture History of Fairhaven, Drifting Toward the Southeast, Portuguese Spinner, Cranberry Cooking for All Seasons, Brick by Brick, Branded on My Arm and in My Soul and the Spinner anthology series, People and Culture in Southeastern Massachusetts. Perennial favorites are the two calendars, The New England Fisherman and Historic Southeastern New England.  For more information, contact Spinner Publications at (508) 994-4564, visit or look up Spinner Publications on Facebook.

Maggie Cleveland’s ATOM FISH Chapbook Release Reading

Posted in Poetry Readings, Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 by whalingcityreview

ImageGallery X and One Time Press are proud to present the release of Maggie Cleveland’s poetry chapbook, ATOM FISH. A book release reading and party will be held at Gallery X (169 William St. New Bedford, MA) on Saturday, November 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Maggie will be our featured reader, with guest readers from all corners of New England. There will be an open mic, and attendees will be encouraged to present their poetry.

Hailing from the seacoast town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Maggie Cleveland lives with cats, children, and a science fiction writer, and works developing courses for the National Elevator Industry. She’s coordinated poetry readings and events in southeastern Massachusetts for more than 15 years. Her poems have been published in journals including The Offending Adam, Imageqarrtsiluni, the Newport Review, Elephant, Flying Fish, BURP, Out of Our, Amerarcana: A Bird & Beckett Review, and many others. Her work was recently translated into Albanian for publication in the anthology Tingujt e erës:Lirikë e re Amerikane (Sounds of Wind: New American Lyrics). She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2011.

ATOM FISH is one long, odd poem that attempts to realize / redefine one’s place in life through relationships to personal, familial, and place history. Characters on the periphery of a dream state (“Adam Fish” and “Atom Fish”) observe and guide the narrator through a storied past, a jumbled, imperfect present, and a future imbued with love and weirdness.

Light refreshments will be served.

Poets and Writers signing on for 100 Thousand Poets for Change in New Bedford

Posted in Poetry Readings on August 31, 2011 by whalingcityreview

Poets and writers from across Greater New Bedford, along with poets and writers from New London, CT (our sister city in whaling and poetry) are getting ready for the upcoming 100 Thousand Poets for Change reading at Gallery X on September 24th, 2011 from 2-5 PM. Each person who joins us will speak about the kind of change they are hoping for, and read from a poem they’ve written (or a poem written by someone else) that speaks to them of change. We’re still looking for readers and volunteers – contact if you’d like to sign up.

Poets Worldwide Unite for the Truly Historic “100 Thousand Poets for Change” Event

Posted in Poetry Readings on August 6, 2011 by whalingcityreview

Local reading scheduled at Gallery X in New Bedford, MA, 2-5 PM

Poets in 350 cities representing 70 countries are currently organizing the largest poetry reading in history with over 400 individual events scheduled to take place simultaneously on September 24th to promote environmental, social, and political change.

Poets, writers, artists, and humanitarians will create, perform, educate and demonstrate, in their individual communities, and decide their own specific area of focus for change within the overall framework of peace and sustainability, which founder Michael Rothenberg stated, “…is a major concern worldwide and the guiding principle for this global event.”

Bob Holman and Margery Snyder, in a recent article on said, “the beauty of the concept of 100 Thousand Poets for Change is that it is completely decentralized and completely inclusive.”

The events range from a poetry and peace gathering in strife-torn Jalalabad, Afghanistan, to poets in Nogales, Mexico and Nogales, Arizona reading poems to each other across the border fence. There are 13 events in Mexico City alone, 24 events planned in India and 7 in Nigeria. Poetry demonstrations are also being organized in political hotspots such as Cairo, Egypt and Madison, Wisconsin. Along the Platte River near Omaha, Nebraska poets will be demonstrating against TransCanada’s planned Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

More examples of events can be easily accessed on the home page of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website at
All those involved are hoping, through their actions and events, to seize and redirect the political and social dialogue of the day and turn the narrative of civilization towards peace and sustainability.

Each city organizer and their community has an individual Event Location blog page on the main website for posting written material, poetry, artwork, photos, and video to document this global mega-event across national borders.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. They will archive the complete contents of the website,, as part of their digital archiving program LOCKSS.

Founder Michael Rothenberg is a widely known poet, songwriter, editor of the online literary maonline literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California.

Local event coordinator Maggie Cleveland is a poet living in Fairhaven, MA. She is the director of the New Bedford-based poetry series Whaling City Review LIVE. Contact her at​m.

For more information, visit

The Poetry / Martial Arts Dance Fusion of Janet E. Aalfs at Baker Books

Posted in Poetry Readings on May 4, 2011 by whalingcityreview

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts (May 4, 2011) – Baker Books and Whaling City Review are thrilled to welcome Janet E. Aalfs to the bookstore’s Bean & Leaf Café for a poetry reading on Saturday, May 21st at 7:00 PM.

Aalfs, who was the poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts (2003-2005), weaves poetry and martial arts dance in performing, teaching, and social justice activism locally, nationally and internationally.

Collections of her poems are Bird of a Thousand Eyes (Levellers Press, 2010); Reach (Perugia Press, 1999); Full Open (Orogeny Press, 1996); Of Angels and Survivors (Two Herons Press, 1992); Lubec Tides, which was a finalist in the 2007 Bright Hill Literary Center Chapbook Contest; Red (2001) as well as several other self-published chapbooks.

Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Comstock Review; Monthly Review; The Mindfulness Bell; Onion River Review; Passager; Sinister Wisdom; Common Lives/ Lesbian Lives; A Fierce Brightness: 25 Years of Women’s Poetry (Calyx Books); Crossing Paths (Mad River Press); Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching (North Atlantic Books). She won first prize in poetry contests of the Boston Herald and Peregrine Journal, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Recipient of an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, Aalfs has been a Dodge Festival Poet, New Jersey; a featured performer and instructor at the Power of Words conference, Goddard College; a panelist and workshop facilitator at Split This Rock poetry festival, Washington DC; and a featured performer at Po’Jazz, Hudson Valley Writers Center. In 2009 she traveled to South Africa as a member of a diverse performing artists teaching exchange, and to Japan and China in 2008 to assist Grandmaster Wen Mei Yu, her tai chi teacher.

Director of Valley Women’s Martial Arts: Institute for Healing and Violence-Prevention Strategies since 1982, Aalfs is a 7th degree black belt in Okinawan Karate, a 5th degree black belt in Modern Arnis Filipino stick arts, and a Jian Mei internal arts teacher. She is a founding member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, NWMAF’s self-defense instructor certification program, and the Anti-Racism Council (ARC). Aalfs has taught at schools, conferences, and community centers throughout the U.S, and in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and South Africa.

An Open Mic for anyone in the community who wants to share their poetry or short prose will precede the reading. Come early to sign up, or email

Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Rd. in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.