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19th 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 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Strawberry Creek Walk meets at Oxford and Center Streets, Berkeley
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 poets Doreen Domb, Sharon Coleman, Traci Gourdine, Tiffany Higgins, John Shoptaw, and Eliot Schain, with an "on site" dance movement piece by Patricia Bulitt, "rock song prayer for water's return," and commentary by Tim Pine, Environmental Protection, Strawberry Creek restoration, UC Berkeley

Saturday, September 27, 2014
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

This Watershed is dedicated to Denise Levertov

Kay Ryan • Anne Waldman • Dean Rader
Poetry & Jazz with Al Young

Randall Potts • Lucille Lang Day • Dick Bakken
Phavia Kujichaguli
- griot, with
Ron Williams - guitar, Val Serrant & Sosu Ayansolo - percussion
Chris Olander • Sharon Coleman • Doreen Domb
Traci Gourdine • Tiffany Higgins • Eliot Schain

Tribute to Levertov by David Shaddock

World class jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio
K–12 student poets from California Poets in the Schools,
Poetry Inside Out
and River of Words international poetry and art contest
will read under the guidance of poet-teachers
John Oliver Simon, Maureen Hurley, and J. Ruth Gendler

We Are Nature open reading
Enter lottery drawing for six three-minute reading slots at noon
(on site at Info Booth)

Ecology Center
B. Lynn Ingram co-author of
The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts,
and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us about Tomorrow

Co-hosts: Richard Silberg & Kirk Lumpkin
Books and Book Signing at the Pegasus Book Tent

2014 River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits
showcases exhibitors, featuring:
Berkeley Climate Action Coalition's Water Working Group/WaterSprout, Inc.:
“We Love Water”
Buffalo Field Campaign & Buffaloon
California Poets in the Schools
City of Berkeley, Environmental Services
Ecology Center
Haight Ashbury Literary Journal
Milvia Street: Art and Literary Journal
Pegasus Downtown – Book Tent
Planet Drum Foundation
Poetree Interactive Writing with Sharon Coleman
and Milvia Street Art and Literary Journal, Berkeley City College
Poetry Flash/ Info Tent
Poetry Inside Out/Center for the Art of Translation
Reed Magazine/San Jose State University
sitio tiempo press/Reinhabitory Institute
Saint Mary’s MFA Program in Creative Writing
Sixteen Rivers Press
Sugartown Publishing
WaterSprout, Inc./Berkeley Climate Action Coalition: “We Love Water”
Words of the Watershed Journal/ UC Berkeley watershed

Click here for Exhibitors info—trade exhibit fees for volunteering!
To volunteer or exhibit, contact,
or Mark Baldridge, Festival Director,
Click here to pay Exhibitor fees

Watershed banners by artist Arthur Okamura
Waterchute shades by artist Claire Anna Baker

Chairs, shade, and carpet squares for sitting provided; bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers’ Market—Bring your sunscreen, blanket, 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

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 2014 festival is made possible with support from:
The Watershed Keepers—our individual donors & volunteers
Civic Arts Program, City of Berkeley • Zellerbach Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.
through a grant received from The James Irvine Foundation

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

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