22nd Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival
Join us—Stand up for the Earth!
Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
Strawberry Creek Walk, poetry, talk, and a walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley and its underground path through downtown Berkeley to the Watershed Festival at Civic Center Park. Led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander with readings along the way by poets Raphael Block, Tiffany Higgins, Jahan Khalighi, Maw Shein Win, El Cerrito Poet Laureate, nature commentary by Tim Pine, UC Berkeley Environmental Health and Safety, and naturalist Glen Schneider. Meet in the Cypress Grove, often called the Redwood Grove (southeast corner of Oxford at Center, near the sculpture of the World Globe as you enter the UC campus) at 10 am sharp.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
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
—TAKE BART! To be environmentally savvy with no parking worries, park in a BART lot and take BART to Berkeley!—
Chairs, tent shade, and carpet squares for seating provided. Bring your lunch or pick up something at the Farmers' Market. Bring your sunscreen, blanket, picnic basket!
Ceremonial blessing by RAFAEL JESÚS GONZÁLEZ, Poet Laureate of Berkeley, with GERARDO OMAR MARÍN on conch and flute
ROBERT HASS, The Apple Trees at Olema, Pulitzer Prize-winner, US Poet Laureate 1995-97, National Book Award, two-time National Book Critics Circle Award-winner
MAXINE HONG KINGSTON, Woman Warrior, To Be the Poet, The Fifth Book of Peace, National Humanities Medal, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award
CAMILLE DUNGY, Trophic Cascade
TONGO EISEN-MARTIN, Heaven is All Goodbyes
ALISON LUTERMAN, Desire Zoo
KIM SHUCK, Poet Laureate of San Francisco
TESS TAYLOR, Work & Days
MALCOLM MARGOLIN, author of "The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs, and Reminiscences"
RAPHAEL BLOCK, Strings of Shining Silence: Earth-Love Poems, with DAVID FIELD, guitar
TIFFANY HIGGINS, And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet
JAHAN KHALIGHI, California Poets in the Schools
KIRK LUMPKIN, In Deep
CHRIS OLANDER, River Light
MAW SHEIN WIN, Poet Laureate of El Cerrito
California Poets in the Schools K–12 student poets with poet-teachers
JOHN OLIVER SIMON and MAUREEN HURLEY
Chapter 510's The Biography of Water in English and Arabic read by North Oakland Community Charter School students
We Are Nature open reading
Enter lottery drawing at noon (at the festival info booth) for three-minute reading slots
Finale tribute to JOHN ASHBERY with ROBERT HASS
Music by THE BARRY FINNERTY TRIO
with BARRY FINNERTY on guitar, PETER BARSHAY on bass, STEVE ROSSI on drums
Emcees: Kirk Lumpkin and Richard Silberg
Books and Book Signing at the Pegasus Book Tent
River Village Exhibits
CALIFORNIA POETS IN THE SCHOOLS
HAIGHT ASHBURY LITERARY JOURNAL
MILVIA STREET: ART AND LITERARY JOURNAL
PEGASUS DOWNTOWN – BOOK TENT
POETREE with Sharon Coleman, Berkeley City College
Poetryflash.org Info Tent
RIVER OF WORDS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH POETRY & ART CONTEST
ST. MARY’S COLLEGE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS
Click here for 2017 "River Village" Watershed Exhibitors Form—trade your exhibit fee for volunteering! Click here to pay table fee online Or mail attn: Watershed to address on form.
For more information, or to volunteer or exhibit, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is co-founded by Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97, and is a collaboration of Poetry Flash and the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, in conjunction with: 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Pegasus Books Downtown, Moe's Books, The East Bay Express.
Watershed is a partner event for Save the Bay's Bay Day, October 7: bayday.org
Support our community donors:
Acme Bread Company • Berkeley Bowl Marketplace • Bette's-To-Go • The Cheese Board Collective • Trader Joe's, Berkeley
Watershed is made possible with support from:
The Watershed Keepers—our individual donors & volunteers
Berkeley Civic Arts Commission • Zellerbach Family Foundation
This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers
Watershed banners by Arthur Okamura • Creek Poem installation by Claire Anna Baker • Watershed Logo by Shane Eagleton
MLK, Jr., Civic Center Park is Wheelchair Accessible
In Memory of Mark Baldridge and Adelle Foley