Found poem commemorating AVL 100TPC 2013

As promised last week, here is a found poem I constructed based on the poets who read at the Asheville 100 Thousand Poets for Change event.

Poem for 28 September, 2013

Do not wonder when I say it directly to your ear,[1]
“I am writing a letter to my dead sister. . . “[2]

We anticipate the leap into freedom. [3]
We make our vows in the beach dunes. [4]
We need visual signs of healing. [5]

All that remains is the small few. . . [6]
A home where the family never can return. [7]

They sold their own inheritance. . . [8]
And must return to the center. . . to learn more. . . [9]
It is possible to have everything. . . or at least twenty dollars. . . [10]

NOTES: Each line in this found poem is from the following poets who read at the Asheville 100 Thousand Poets for Change event on September 28, 2013.

[1] Britt Kaufmann
[2] Barbara Gravelle
[3] Steve Brooks
[4] Jeff Davis
[5] Jessica Newton
[6] Jeff Davis
[7] Caleb Beissert
[8] Britt Kaufmann
[9] Jessica Newton
[10] Brian Sneeden

Thanks Asheville Poets and 100 Thousand Poets for Change

100 TPC - Asheville graphic

A big thank you to Susie and Lance for hosting the event at the Sly Grog Wine & Beer Lounge located in The Downtown Market Asheville. Especially since 100 Thousand Poets for Change Asheville event ran a bit longer than scheduled.

Thanks again to all the poets who participated: Caleb Beissert, Steve Brooks, Jeff Davis, Barbara Gravelle, Britt Kaufmann Jessica Newton and Brian Sneeden. And to those who joined the event and read after the featured poets: Alice, Ashley, Chuck, Lance and Susie.

An audio recording was captured of the event. Details regarding that will be forthcoming. Also, a found poem will be featured on this blog later this week to commemorate the event and poets who chose to affect change in Asheville in beyond.

Thanks to the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar for hosting the after party. And thanks to the Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge for hosting the after-after party.

Special thanks to Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion for establishing 100 Thousand Poets for Change (read more about 100TPC here) and helping me track down the elusive bagpiper (in side joke… you’ll have to read my Twitter feed to get it).

Saturday, Sept. 28, Asheville, 100 Thousand Poets for Change

100TPCAVL Web Poster Tomorrow night, Asheville’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change event invade Sly Grog Wine and Beer Lounge (The Downtown Market, 45 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina). The Asheville event will be held Saturday night, September 28, 2013, from 7 PM – 9 PM. Featured poets and their bios are listed below. Please note: after the featured poets read, there will be time for you to read you poem. Bring your poem and join 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Asheville, NC.

Here are short bios of the featured poets:

Caleb Beissert is a poet, translator, and musician from Washington, D.C., living in Asheville, NC. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, and his book Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish was published by New Native Press in 2013. Beissert hosts an open mic at Vanuatu Kava Bar and produces the monthly reading series “Poetry at the Altamont” in Asheville.

Steve Brooks a poet and author of Philip Blanc in San Francisco (Panjandrum Press, 1972), The Dancer in the Heart (Philos Press, 2001) and his latest collection of poems, Essential Occupation. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina.

Jeff Davis is a poet, host of the radio show “Word Play” (now on and author of Transits of Venus (2005) and Natures: Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005 (2006). He serves as director of MadHat, Inc., teaches in UNCA’s Great Smokies Writing Program and co-hosts the monthly “Poetry at the Altamont” reading series in Asheville.

Davon Dunbar,14 , was a member of the winning Asheville Wordslam Middleschool team two years running and is now a freshman at SILSA, a member of the spoken word poetry club, and local poetry slam competitor.

Barbara Gravelle, author of several poetry books including, Keepsake, Dancing the Naked Dance of Love, and her latest collection of poems, Poet on the Roof of the World.

16-year-old Shanita Jackson lives in Hendersonville and attends Blue Ridge Early College. She is a two-time member of Asheville’s Brave New Voices team, has won too many youth poetry slams to list here, and is a co founder of Soulspeaker, a youth-centered and youth-driven local organization devoted to youth spoken word poetry.

Britt Kaufmann lives in Burnsville with her husband and three children. She has written one chapbook of poetry Belonging and two plays: An Uncivil Union: the Battle of Burnsville and Between the Tackles.

Matthew Mulder is a graphic designer and poet living in Asheville. His poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Small Press Review, The Indie, H_NGM_N, and other publications.

Jessica Newton’s poems have been published in Appalacian Literary Review, Stolen Island Review and Colere. She sees poetry as an engine that’s fueled by change on an individual level. A WNC native and graduate of UNC-Asheville, she lives in Candler.

Brian Sneeden has produced, designed or written for more than a hundred theatrical performances. His poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Asheville Poetry Review and other publications. He is the current Poetry Editor at Meridian.

Use the hashtag #100tpcAVL when sharing details about Asheville’s 100 Thousand Poets for Change event.