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16th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community
read more about Watershed here

This Watershed is dedicated the life and work of Peter Berg, bioregionalist, author of Envisioning Sustainability, founder of Planet Drum Foundation

—Stand up for the Earth with Poetry—

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Noon to 4:30 p.m. • Free

Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park • Berkeley
One block west of downtown Berkeley BART
(Next to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, behind City Hall)
Strawberry Creek Walk • 10:00 a.m. at Oxford & Center

Robert Hass • Jane Hirshfield • Camille T. Dungy
D.A. Powell • Judy Grahn with musician Anne Carol • Andrew Schelling
Tribute to author & ecologist Peter Berg by Humboldt Bay poet Jerry Martien
Gail Rudd Entrekin, Canary: A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis
Oakland Slam Poets: Dahled Jeffries and Jelal Huyler
Creek Walk poets: Chris Olander, John Shoptaw, Jahan Khalighi, Karen Lewis, Kathryn Smith, Jason Ryberg

world class jazz by Barry Finnerty’s Jazz Roots Trio

Readings by K–12 student poets from River of Words (with poet Robert Hass), California Poets in the Schools (with poet-teacher Grace Grafton), & Poetry Inside Out (with poet John Oliver Simon)

We Are Nature open reading
Enter lottery drawing for reading slots by noon, on site at Info Booth

Environmental Updates:
Kirk Lumpkin, Ecology Center • Kirstin Miller & Richard Register, Ecocity Builders

River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits
Click here for Exhibitors info

There will be shade structures, and chairs and carpet samples to sit on!
Watershed banners by artist Arthur Okamura.

Other Watershed Activities
Strawberry Creek Walk
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 a.m.
Meet at Oxford & Center Streets, Berkeley
A walk from Strawberry Creek on the UC Berkeley campus to the Watershed festival led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander with readings by participating poets and talks by creek restoration experts. Chris Olander, John Shoptaw (poet, UC Berkeley faculty), Jahan Khalighi, Karen Lewis, Kathryn Smith, Jason Ryberg, Tim Pine (UC Berkeley), Kirstin Miller (Ecocity Builders)

Check back for program updates!

To volunteer, contact Mark Baldridge, Festival Director, mbb @

Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is a collaboration of Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995–97 Poetry Flash • Ecocity Builders Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market

MLK, Jr., Civic Center Park is Wheelchair Accessible.

Spoken Word Performances Sign Language Interpreted on request.

ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired can be provided with notice by September 24


The 2010 festival was 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 by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Please support our in-kind community donors:
Acme Bread Company • Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco
Berkeley Horticultural Nursery • Berkeley Bowl Marketplace
Bette’s-To-Go • Cheese Board Collective • Semifreddi’s Bakery
Trader Joe’s, Berkeley • Voila the Juice Company

Watershed Logo by Shane Eagleton.

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