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17th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community
with 100 Thousand Poets for Change & Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market
          —read more about Watershed here

This Watershed is dedicated the life and work of Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia

Poets & Writers Stand up for the Earth!

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.
Strawberry Creek Walk • 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 poetry readings by poets and commentary by creek restoration experts, featuring Chris Olander, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Maya Khosla, Maureen Hurley, Rebecca Moos, Kim Shuck, Tim Pine (UC Berkeley), Kirstin Miller (Ecocity Builders)

Saturday, September 29
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

Robert Hass • Joy Harjo • Michael McClure
Brenda Hillman • Francisco X. Alarcón • Rebecca Foust • Richard Silberg
Creek Walk poets: Chris Olander, Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Maya Khosla, Rebecca Moos, Maureen Hurley, Rebecca Moos, Kim Shuck

Laura Moriarty and Brent Cunningham read and present their contributions to The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral.

Journalist Mark Hertsgaard, author of Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

World class jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio

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

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, Ecocity Builders

River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits
Click here for Exhibitors info—trade exhibit fees for volunteer work!
eaturing tables by Bay Area alternative 'zines & literary mags with, for the first time, a 'zine tent with some fabulous writers sharing diy zines and comics and art! Come support these 'zines and artists including rad dad zine, a zine on radical parenting, poets Mk Chavez, Keely Hyslop, and others!

Also featured: "Create with Nature Zone" by Zach Pine, environmental artist Buffalo Field Campaign's "Buffaloon," a giant Buffalo exhibit Watershed banners by artist Arthur Okamura, Water-chute shades by artist Claire Baker

(If you are interested in exhibiting, please inquire even if it's past the closing date:

Books & Book Signing at Pegasus Book Tent

There will be shade structures, and chairs and carpet samples to sit on!

Check back for program updates!


Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is a collaboration of Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97 • Poetry Flash • Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market • Ecocity Builders • In conjunction with: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Pegasus Books Downtown, and Moe’s Books

To volunteer, contact Mark Baldridge, Festival Director, mbb @ Exhibit fees can be traded for volunteer time

MLK, Jr., Civic Center Park is Wheelchair Accessible
Sign Language Interpreted on request
ASL interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired can be provided with notice by September 21. Please e-mail:

The 2012 festival 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 by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from The James Irvine Foundation

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

Watershed Logo by Shane Eagleton.

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