Sunday, 17 of December of 2017

Sept 27: The 19th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival




Saturday, September 27, Noon-4:30 pm, FREE!

Civic Center Park at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market
Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Center Street, Berkeley
near downtown Berkeley BART

Stand Up for the Earth!
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan, 
poet Anne Waldman in a rare West Coast appearance,
Al Young, California Poet Laureate emeritus,
Dean Rader, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, 
Randall Potts
, Lucille Lang DayDick Bakken,
paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram, The West without Water,  
Phavia Kujichagulia
 – griot, with
Ron Williams – guitar, Val Serrant & Sosu Ayansolo – percussion
Creek Walk Poets: Chris Olander, Tiffany Higgins, Traci Gourdine,
Eliot Schain, Sharon Coleman, Doreen Domb

K-12 student poets from California Poets in the Schools and Poetry Inside Out

with poet-teachers John Oliver Simon, Maureen Hurley, and J. Ruth Gendler

World-class jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio
We are Nature Open Mic (enter the drawing for six spots at noon) takes place in front of beautiful banners created for the festival by the late Bolinas artist Arthur Okamura

River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits
features Poetree Interactive Writing with Sharon Coleman, Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal/Berkeley City College, Sixteen Rivers Press, California Poets in the Schools, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition’s Water Working Group with “We Love Water,” Sugartown Publishing, Planet Drum Foundation, Saint Mary’s MFA in Creative Writing, Ecology Center, Words of the Watershed Journal, REED magazine/SJSU, sitio tiempo press/Reinhabitory Institute, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and more

Strawberry Creek Walk, same day at 10:00 a.m., precedes the main event
Meet at Oxford and Center Streets, UC Berkeley, free

Readings and talk on a gentle nature walk with
poets Chris Olander, Eliot Schain, Tiffany Higgins, Traci Gourdine,
Sharon Coleman, John Shoptaw,
 Doreen Domb,
a dance piece by Patricia Bulitt, “rock song prayer for water’s return,”
and commentary by Tim Pine, Environmental Protection, Strawberry Creek Restoration, UC Berkeley

To volunteer, contact, or Mark Baldridge, Festival Director,