Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Organizer: Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash/Watershed Festival

Contact: editor@poetryflash.org

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17th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change & Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market

This Watershed is dedicated the life and work of Ernest Callenbach, author of Ecotopia Poets & Writers Stand up for the Earth!

Watershed History & Sponsors

Watershed Environmental Festival is a collaboration of Robert Hass, Poetry Flash, The Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market, and Ecocity Builders. This year’s festival is presented in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. Our community partners are Pegasus Books Downtown and Moe’s Books. The Watershed Festival will present a private session with featured poets at Berkeley High School on Friday, September 28. The Watershed Festival emerged from Robert Hass’s national Watershed initiative during his tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate, 1995-97, which explored connections between the environment and the American literary imagination. The first two Watersheds, 1996 and 1997, were held at the Bandshell, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

General Event Calendar Listing:

17th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival takes place on Saturday, September 29, noon-4:30 pm, at Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Center Street, Berkeley, near Berkeley BART; in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Featured poets and writers include Robert Hass, Joy Harjo, Michael McClure, Brenda Hillman, Francisco X. Alarcón, Rebecca Foust, Laura Moriarty, Maya Khosla, Mark Hertsgaard, Kim Shuck, Chris Olander, and more. K-12 student poets, jazz music by The Barry Finnerty Trio, “River Village” literary and environmental exhibits: books, literary magazines, DIY and alternative ’zines. Strawberry Creek Walk with poetry and commentary precedes the main event at 10:00 am, meet at Oxford and Center Streets, UC Berkeley. Admission is free. Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters with notice by Sept. 21. For further information, contact (510) 525-5476, mbb@poetryflash.org, or visit poetryflash.org.

Public Information:

Mark Baldridge, mbb@poetryflash.org, (510) 525-5476, http://poetryflash.org.

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)

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