21st 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
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Strawberry Creek Walk meets at Oxford and Center Streets, Berkeley, 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 poet/biologist Maya Khosla, Judy Halebsky, Katherine Hastings, and Bill Vartnaw, with nature commentary on Strawberry Creek by Tim Pine, UC Berkeley Environmental Health and Safety Department
Saturday, October 1, 2016
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
—TAKE BART! To be environmentally savvy with no parking worries, park in a BART lot and take BART to Berkeley!—
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!
ROBERT HASS, US Poet Laureate 1995-97, Pulitzer Prize-winner
JANE HIRSHFIELD, Northern California Book Award and California Book Award-winning poet and essayist
ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING, 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, poet and author
JOHN SHOPTAW, Northern California Book Award in Poetry 2016
JULIANA SPAHR, National Poetry Series Award-winner
PIREENI SUNDARALINGAM, poet/cognitive-neuroscientist
WES "SCOOP" NISKER, author of You Are Not Your Fault and Other Revelations
VINCENT MEDINA, Muwekma Ohlone, on preserving the Chochenyo dialect
ANNE CAROL MITCHELL, composer and songwriter
Strawberry Creek Walk poets JUDY HALEBSKY, Tree Line; 2014-1016 Sonoma County poet laureate KATHERINE HASTINGS, Shakespeare & Stein Walk Into a Bar; poet/biologist MAYA KHOSLA, Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek and Notes from the Field; eco-performance poet and Poetry Out Loud mentor CHRIS OLANDER, former Sonoma County poet laureate BILL VARTNAW
California Poets in the Schools K–12 student poets with poet-teachers
JOHN OLIVER SIMON and MAUREEN HURLEY
Tribute to Great Blue, the new posthumous book by "Watershed" and "CPitS" poet Susan Herron Sibbet, by NINA LINDSAY
Music by THE BARRY FINNERTY TRIO
Barry Finnerty on guitar, Peter Barshay on bass, Ron Marabuto on drums
We Are Nature open reading at noon
Enter lottery drawing for six three-minute reading slots
(on site at Info Booth)
Emcees: Kirk Lumpkin and Richard Silberg
Books and Book Signing at the Pegasus Book Tent
2016 River Village Literary and Environmental Exhibits
Exhibitors' showcase, featuring (more to be announced):
BERKELEY WALKS, with Robert E. Johnson and Janet L. Byron
CALIFORNIA POETS IN THE SCHOOLS
HAIGHT ASHBURY LITERARY JOURNAL
MILVIA STREET: ART AND LITERARY JOURNAL
NATURE SPEAKS: ART & POETRY FOR THE EARTH, with Deborah Kennedy
PEGASUS DOWNTOWN – BOOK TENT
POETREE INTERACTIVE WRITING with Sharon Coleman, Berkeley City College
Poetryflash.org Info Tent
SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS
WORDS OF THE WATERSHED JOURNAL, UC BERKELEY
Click here for 2016 "River Village" Watershed Exhibitors Form—trade your exhibit fee for volunteering!
Click here to pay table fee online
Or mail attn: Watershed to address on form.
For more information, or to volunteer or exhibit, contact email@example.com.
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is co-founded by Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97, and is a collaboration of Poetry Flash and the 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.
Watershed banners by Arthur Okamura • Creek Poem installation by Claire Anna Baker • Watershed Logo by Shane Eagleton
MLK, Jr., Civic Center Park is Wheelchair Accessible;
ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired can be provided on request with notice by Friday, September 23 (please, no later!). Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please support our community donors:
Acme Bread Company • Berkeley Bowl Marketplace • Bette's-To-Go • The Cheese Board Collective • Trader Joe's, Berkeley
Watershed is made possible with support from:
The Watershed Keepers—our individual donors & volunteers
Civic Arts Program, City of Berkeley • Zellerbach Family Foundation
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.
In Memory of Mark Baldridge and Adelle Foley