SHEBOYGAN — 100 Thousand Poets for Change—a worldwide poetry movement promoting, peace, justice and sustainability—will present its 11th annual poetry and music event at Mead Public Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, outside on the Library Plaza.
The event will feature Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton, who will share her work for a half-hour beginning at 12:30 p.m. The theme this year is Together Again, marking the return to in-person gatherings.
Leading up to Ms. Hamilton’s time at the microphone will be poetry and music from an array of local poets and performers, including local singer-songwriter, Jon Doll and Sheboygan’s own poet laureate, Lisa Vihos, who is also the organizer for the event.
“We are so excited to have Dasha Kelly Hamilton join us this year,” Vihos said. “If there is anything I learned during the pandemic, it is that we must keep sharing poetry and music, whether we do that virtually or in-person. These creative expressions ground us, and help us remain connected with other people. That includes people we know, and people we don’t know yet, but we should. Poetry brings us together.”
If you would like to share a poem or song at the event, please reach out to Ms. Vihos by Monday, Sept. 20 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Now more than ever, we need to focus on the commonalities we share with others rather than what we may perceive as differences.” Vihos says. “Poetry helps us slow down, look deeply at ourselves, and celebrate our common humanity with our neighbors. I hope people of all ages and backgrounds will join us in the spirit of Together Again.”
Sheboygan is one of 200 cities from around the world that will share visions of positive change on Sept. 25 as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change. To view information about activities in other cities visit: http://www.100TPC.org.
The Sheboygan event is supported by the Friends of Mead Public Library.