Poetry in the Garden
With featured poets Kim Shuck, Jahan Khalighi, Sara Mithra, and Kirk Lumpkin (who will also be hosting the program), plus an open mic for poems on native plant and nature themes.
Kim Shuck is a poet, a textile artist, a collector of seed pods and deeply a child of San Francisco. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University, has won numerous writing awards including the Mary Tall Mountain Award and the Diane Decorah Award. Her most recent books are Clouds Running In from Taurean Horn Press and Rabbit Stories published by Poetic Matrix Press. Her first full length collection of poetry, Smuggling Cherokee, was published in 2005 by Greenfield Review Press and her chapbook, Sidewalk Ndn, was published by FootHills Publishing.
Kirk Lumpkin is a poet, performer, lyricist, environmentalist, cultural worker, and event creator. He is the author of two books of poetry, In Deep and Co-Hearing. He has released two poetry/music CDs, The Word-Music Continuum and Sound Poems. He has been featured on KPFA radio’s Cover to Cover – Open Book. He worked 20+ years for the Ecology Center in Berkeley.
Jahan Khalighi is a spoken word artist who was a member of the Eugene Slam Poetry Team, and has co-organized Eco-Arts Festivals around the Bay Area with CommuniTree. He is a Board Member for Planting Justice and is a former Ecology Center staff member. He is annually a featured performer at the Planetary Dance on Mount Tamalpais and is currently studying the culinary arts and nutrition at Bauman College, Berkeley.
“Sara Anika Mithra performs poems in the Bay Area to give voice to characters suffering lessening and loss. They frequent the American West (prairie, desert, folk land) searching for archetypal leavings. She also handmakes chapbooks and zines with flirty blacknwhite images. Her protective talisman wards off drought and locusts.”
Native Here Nursery is a project of the California Native Plant Society.
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