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18th 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 28, 2013, 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 featured readings by poets Jennifer Elise Foerster, Mary Mackey, Barbara Jane Reyes, John Shoptaw, and Tom Wilson, with commentary by a representative from Environmental Protection, Strawberry Creek restoration, UC Berkeley

Saturday, September 28, 2013
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 • Gary Snyder • Brenda Hillman • Wang Jiaxin
Matthew Zapruder • giovanni singleton • Brian Teare
Jennifer Elise Foerster • Mary Mackey • Barbara Jane Reyes
John Shoptaw • Alan Soldofsky • Tom Wilson • Chris Olander
Ann Fisher-Wirth, co-editor of
The Ecopoetry Anthology
eco-author Ozzie Zehner, Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism

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
Maureen Hurley and John Oliver Simon

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

Hosts: Richard Silberg and Kirk Lumpkin (Ecology Center)
Books and Book Signing at the Pegasus Book Tent

River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits
showcases exhibitors from East Bay Alternative Press Book and Zine Fest with Tomas Moniz; Poetree: Interactive Writing with Sharon Coleman, Milvia Street literary and art journal, and Kristi Moos, Poecology, a literary e-journal for writing about place, nature and the environment; Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, River of Words, and more.
Click here for Exhibitors info—trade exhibit fees for volunteering!
To volunteer or exhibit, contact Mark Baldridge, Festival Director,

This Watershed is dedicated to Susan Herron Sibbet

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

Chairs, shade, and carpet squares provided; bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers’ Market—How about bringing 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 • Ecocity Builders • 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 2013 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 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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