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25th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Join us—Stand up for the Earth!

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community

All Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival events are free, via Zoom webinar and/or live stream, register in advance for each event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thanks to our friends at Pegasus Books, Berkeley, for the online WATERSHED POETRY FESTIVAL BOOKSHOP.

To purchase books by Watershed poets and authors, go to https://bookshop.org/shop/watershed.

Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival events will be posted on the Poetry Flash YouTube channel after the festival.

Friday, January 29, 7pm PST
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival:
From Forest to Desert: Indigenous Ecopoetry of California


Hosted by Kim Shuck, and featuring, in order of appearance, readings by Kim Shuck and Denise Low, from California Fire & Water: A Climate Crisis Anthology (edited by Molly Fisk), and readings by Ruth Nolan, Stephen Meadows, and Dave Holt, all contributors to Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (co-edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan).

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdO-opj4rG9RZgZO2bYeWGuh3-U6dXpOM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Saturday, January 30, Noon-2pm PST
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival:
Strawberry Creek Walk


The Strawberry Creek Walk features poetry, nature commentary, and contemporary dance, hosted and live streamed from beautiful Strawberry Creek through the UC Berkeley campus. Zoom and live streamed poetry readings, hosted by Nevada County Poet Laureate Chris Olander, with Kirk Lumpkin, and featuring readings (in order of appearance) by Kirk Lumpkin, with Tim Pine, Environmental Protection Specialist, UC Berkeley Environmental Health and Safety, on the natural history and restoration of Strawberry Creek. Readings by Lucille Lang Day, Rooja Mohassessy, and Terri Glass, interspersed with nature notes by Tim Pine. The Creek Walk closes with "River Light," live streamed dance by Sharon Coleman, to spoken word poetry by Chris Olander.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuduChpzosHtWSfk6Pcyizr6MaVdCjRcqx


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Saturday, January 30, 3pm-5:30pm PST
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival:
Featured Readings, 25 Years of Writing, Nature & Community


"25 Years of Watershed: Writers, Nature & Community, Part 1" Photo Montage by Steven C. Wilson, with music by Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet; Poetry Invocation by Sandra M. Gilbert reading "Climate Change, California 2017," Readings by Jane Hirshfield, Ellery Akers, devorah major, Devreaux Bakerand Mark Arax (The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California). California Poets in the Schools K-12 students, with poet-teachers Brennan DeFrisco, Maureen Hurley. Hosts: Joyce Jenkins, Richard Silberg.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdeusqj8iHtwm3ftfb2w4mq-owIc7-dw5


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Sunday, January 31, 1pm-2pm PST
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival:
We Are Nature Open Reading


"We Are Nature" Open Reading, with host blake more, who will also read from her poetry. Three-minute reading spots, please sign up in advance by emailing watershed@poetryflash.org, write "WATERSHED OPEN READING" in the subject line; there will be "first come, first serve" last minute sign up opportunities in the Zoom Chatbox. Poems on environmental justice, nature, eco-poetics, and more are most welcome.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodO6hpjouGt2swgpS7wZ8vzB9n0sq6sMj


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Sunday, January 31, 3pm-5:30pm PST
Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival:
Featured Readings, 25 Years of Writing, Nature & Community


"25 Years of Watershed: Writers, Nature & Community, Part 2" Photo Montage by Steven C. Wilson, with music by Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet;
Readings by Robert Hass (reading, with a tribute to Barry Lopez), Brenda Hillman, Kristin George Bagdanov, Craig Santos Perez, Joseph Stroud (reading, with a tribute to the Berkeley poet Bill Mayer), Lucille Lang Day. Hosts: Joyce Jenkins, Richard Silberg.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-GopzksHNQIT0zpKWUAehWGlvLySHwi
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information: watershed@poetryflash.org, editor@poetryflash.org, (510) 525-5476, (510) 612-3958.

A stunning broadside of "Lesions," a poem by Ellery Akers, has been hand printed by Lisa Rappoport at Littoral Press for this 25th Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Offered as a thank you for individual donations of $50 or more, sales of the broadside support the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival and Poetry Flash. They are offered at $30. Please email for details.

Books by presenters will be available through Bookshop.org via Pegasus Books. See links in the Zoom Chatbox during the events.



River Village
Thanks to all who exhibited "in real life" in Civic Center Park, Berkeley, October 5, 2019. We hope to see you in person soon!

BAY NATURE
www.baynature.org

CalPoetsCALIFORNIA POETS IN THE SCHOOLS
californiapoets.org

ECOLOGY CENTER/BERKELEY FARMERS' MARKET
ecologycenter.org

THE HAIGHT ASHBURY LITERARY JOURNAL
haightashburyliteraryjournal.wordpress.com
[Journals can be bought digitally at http://www.0s-1s.com/haight-ashbury-literary-journal]

iNATURALIST
www.iNaturalist.org

JUANITA J. MARTIN, FIRST POET LAUREATE OF FAIRFIELD, CA
www.jmartinpoetwriter.com

LEFT MARGIN LIT
www.leftmarginlit.org

MARIN POETRY CENTER
www.marinpoetrycenter.org/blog

MILVIA STREET: ART AND LITERARY JOURNAL
www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/english/milvia-street-club/milvia-street-art-and-literary-journal

NOMADIC PRESS
www.nomadicpress.org

OAKLAND ZOO
www.oaklandzoo.org

PEGASUS DOWNTOWN
www.pegasusbookstore.com

REED MAGAZINE
www.reedmag.org

RIVER OF WORDS YOUTH ART & POETRY INSPIRED BY THE NATURAL WORLD at SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA
www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/river-of-words/students

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS
www.sixteenrivers.org

SUGARTOWN PUBLISHING
www.sugartownpublishing.com

ZAUM LITERARY MAGAZINE
zaumliterarymagazine.wordpress.com




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Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival is co-founded by Robert Hass, US Poet Laureate 1995-97, and is a collaboration of The Watershed Coordinating Committee, Poetry Flash, and the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market, in conjunction with Pegasus Books Downtown and 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Watershed logo: woodblock print by Shane Eagleton. Color by Mark Baldridge.

Thanks to the City of Berkeley and the Berkeley Civic Arts Program for their strong support of the arts.




This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.


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