20th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
Join us—Stand up for the Earth!
Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community
with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poetry Flash, and
Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market
—read more about Watershed here
Saturday, September 26, 2015
This Watershed is dedicated to co-founder Mark Baldridge
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Saturday, September 26, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Strawberry Creek Walk meets at Oxford and Center Streets, Berkeley, Meet in the Redwood Grove (southeast corner of Oxford at Center, near the sculpture of the World Globe as you enter the UC campus).
A walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek on the UC Berkeley campus to the Watershed festival led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander with readings by Seattle poet/climate activist Emily Johnston, wildlife biologist, poet and writer Maya Khosla, Oakland poet Mk Chavez, poet/physicist J. David Cummings, and poet, letterpress printer Theresa Whitehill, with natural history commentary on Strawberry Creek by Tim Pine, Director of the UC Berkeley Environmental Health and Safety Department
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Noon to 4:30 p.m. • Free
Festival Main Stage • Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park • Berkeley
Next to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, MLK Jr. Way at Center Street,
one block west of downtown Berkeley BART
Chairs, tent shade, and carpet squares for seating provided.
Bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers’ Market!
Bring your sunscreen, blanket, picnic basket!
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97
Griffin Poetry Prize-winnning poet Brenda Hillman
Legendary Acoma Pueblo poet Simon J. Ortiz
in a rare West Coast appearance
Poets Francisco X. Alarcón, C.S. Giscombe, Jane Mead,
John Shoptaw, Genny Lim with poetry and jazz
Malcolm Margolin, author of The Ohlone Way
Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City:
The Education of an Urban Farmer
Strawberry Creek Walk poets J. David Cummings, Mk Chavez, Emily Johnston, Maya Khosla, Chris Olander,
California Poets in the Schools K-12 students,
with John Oliver Simon and Maureen Hurley
Tribute to Co-founder Mark Baldridge by Gerald Fleming, Maya Khosla, Kirk Lumpkin
We are Nature Open Mic, 6 three-minute spots, lottery drawing, enter at the festival at noon, on site at Info Booth!
Invocation (at noon) by Kim Shuck
Music by The Barry Finnerty Trio
Barry Finnerty on guitar, Peter Barshay on bass, Ron Marabuto on drums
Co-hosts: Richard Silberg and Kirk Lumpkin
Books and Book Signing at the Pegasus Book Tent
2015 River Village Literary and Environmental Exhibits
Exhibitors’ showcase, featuring (more to be announced):
Click here for Exhibitors info—trade exhibit fees for volunteering!
To volunteer or exhibit, contact email@example.com.
Click here to pay Exhibitor fees
Watershed banners by artist Arthur Okamura
Waterchute shades and Creek Poem installation by artist Claire Anna Baker
Chairs, tent shade, and carpet squares for sitting provided. Bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers’ Market—Bring your sunscreen, blanket, picnic basket, and parasol!
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is a collaboration of Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97 • Poetry Flash • Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market In conjunction with: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Pegasus Books Downtown, and Moe's Books
Media sponsor: The East Bay Express
MLK, Jr., Civic Center Park is Wheelchair Accessible
ASL Sign Language Interpreted
Watershed is made possible with support from:
The Watershed Keepers—our individual donors and volunteers
The Civic Arts Program, City of Berkeley
Zellerbach Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts (2014)
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.
Please support our community donors:
Acme Bread Company • Berkeley Horticultural Nursery • Berkeley Bowl Marketplace • Bette’s-To-Go • Cheese Board Collective • Trader Joe’s, Berkeley
Watershed Logo by Shane Eagleton