Ecology Center Event
Watershed Eco-Poetry Festival
“Stand Up for the Earth” with Pulitzer Prize-winning poets Gary Snyder and Robert Hass, with Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder, Brian Teare, Ann Fisher-Wirth (The Ecopoetry Anthology), giovanni singleton, Jennifer Elise Foerster, Barbara Jane Reyes, Mary Mackey, John Shoptaw, Alan Soldofsky, California Poets in the Schools, River of Words, Poetry Inside Out (K-12 Student Poets), The Barry Finnerty Trio (jazz), and more!
The Strawberry Creek Walk precedes the main stage; The Walk leaves from Oxford and Center Streets at 10:00 am.
“Stand up for the Earth” at the 18th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Saturday, September 28, noon-4:30, at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park, one block west of the downtown Berkeley BART. Poetry readings by renowned poets and environmental authors, K-12 student poets, world-class jazz, and We are Nature Open Mic will take place in front of beautiful Watershed banners created for the festival by the late Bolinas artist Arthur Okamura. Watershed’s “River Village” will feature Poetree interactive writing with Poecology and Milvia Street literary and art journal, with Kristi Moos and Sharon Coleman, a Creek Poem installation over the footprint of Strawberry Creek (it runs under the park), and exhibitors from the East Bay Alternative Press Book and Zine Fest with Tomas Moniz. To exhibit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see Poetryflash.org. Watershed is part of the lively Berkeley Farmers’ Market; it will be in full swing as the stage presentations begin. “Waterchute” shade tents will provide sunshade; chairs and recycled carpet squares will be available for seating. Bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers’ Market!
The Strawberry Creek Walk begins at 10 am, Saturday morning, September 28, just inside the UC Berkeley campus at Oxford and Center Streets. The public is invited to join the Walk for brief readings and commentary on the health and restoration of Strawberry Creek, led by poet-performer-teacher Chris Olander, along Strawberry Creek through the University of California campus and downtown Berkeley. The Creek Walk traces the creek’s path as it flows above ground then tunnels beneath the city to the festival site.
Watershed is presented by Poetry Flash and the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market, with co-sponsors 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Pegasus Books Downtown, and Moe’s Books.
Accessibility: Convenient public transportation (1 block from downtown Berkeley BART), nearby lot and street parking.
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