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27th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival

Join us—Stand up for the Earth!

Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 a.m., free
Strawberry Creek Walk:
Poetry, talk, and an easy walk along beautiful Strawberry Creek through UC Berkeley and its underground path across downtown Berkeley to the Watershed Festival at Civic Center Park. Nevada County Poet Laureate 2019-2021 Chris Olander, River Light, leads the Creek Walk, with poet and wildlife biologist Maya Khosla, All the Fires of Wind and Light, and poets Gene Berson, representing Canary, a literary journal, Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine, Rooja Mohasssessy, When Your Sky Runs into Mine, Elixir Press Poetry Award-winner; Theresa Whitehill, A Grammar of Longing, with nature talk and poetry throughout. Meet at the southeast corner of Oxford at Center, on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus.

Saturday, October 15, 2022
Noon to 4:30 p.m. • Free

Festival Main Stage • Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park • Berkeley
Poets and writers, including
Robert Hass, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, Summer Snow
Forrest Gander, Your Nearness, Twice Alive, and Be With, Pulitzer Prize-winner
Genny Lim, Paper Gods and Rebels, performs with jazz guitarist Barry Finnerty
Novelist and spoken word artist Aya de León presents climate fiction; Creative Director, Black Literature vs The Climate Emergency Conference
Susan Cohen, Democracy on Fire
John Curl, Rainbow Weather: Poems for Environmental Healing
Kirk Lumpkin presents Storm Warning, a new anthology from the Revolutionary Poets Brigade

And appearing again on the Main Stage: Chris Olander, River Light, Nevada County Poet Laureate 2019-2021
Gene Berson, representing Canary, a literary journal
Tureeda Mikell, Synchronicity: The Oracle of Sun Medicine
Rooja Mohassessy, When Your Sky Runs into Mine, Elixir Press Poetry Award
Theresa Whitehill, A Grammar of Longing, former Poet Laureate of Ukiah, California

California Poets in the Schools K-12 students with poet-teacher Maureen Hurley
We Are Nature Open Mic, 8 three-minute spots, enter the drawing by Noon, onsite
Music by the Barry Finnerty Trio

Books and Book Signing at the PEGASUS BOOK TENT

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For more information:, (510) 525-5476, (510) 612-3958

BART to Downtown Berkeley!
Civic Center Park is next to the Berkeley Farmers' Market, MLK Jr. Way at Center Street, one block west of downtown Berkeley BART.
Chairs, tent shade, and carpet squares for seating provided.
Pick up your lunch at the Farmers' Market, or bring your sunscreen, blanket, and picnic!

Click here for 2022 "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

A collaboration of co-founder Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-1997 • Poetry Flash • Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers' Market • Pegasus Books Downtown •
100 Thousand Poets for Change

Watershed is grateful to The Watershed Keepers: individual donors, exhibitors
and volunteers • This event is supported in part by the Civic Arts program,
City of Berkeley • We thank our community supporters Acme Bread Company •
Cheese Board Collective • The Watershed logo is a wood block print by artist Shane Eagleton

Wheelchair Accessible

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