Fall’s creeping up on us, and thus is the 16th Annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival: a collaboration by Robert Hass, Poetry Flash, the Ecology Center & the Berkeley Farmers’ Market, and Ecocity Builders. The Watershed Festival emerged from Robert Hass’s national Watershed initiative during his 1995-1997 tenure as U.S. Poet Laureate, which explored connections between environmental awareness and the American literary imagination.
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12-4:30 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Berkeley (one block west of downtown Berkeley BART)
Featuring Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Camille T. Dungy, Judy Grahn with musician Anne Carol, Barry Finnerty’s Jazz Roots Trio, readings by K–12 student poets from River of Words, California Poets in the Schools, & Poetry Inside Out, the We Are Nature open reading, environmental updates from the Ecology Center & Ecocity Builders, River Village Literary & Environmental Exhibits, & the Strawberry Creek Walk (led by poet/eco-educator Chris Olander, with readings by participating poets and talks by creek restoration experts).
Free to the public. Be in the park by noon if you’re interested in signing up for the open reading, or at the corner of Oxford & Center at 10 AM for the Strawberry Creek Walk.