Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Berkeley, CA
Celebrate Writers, Nature & Community
with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Poetry Flash, and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 27, 2014; 12 noon – 4 pm
Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King Jr Way at Center Street, Berkeley, CA
The 19th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival will take place on September 27, noon to 4:30, at Berkeley’s Civic Center Park, with our key collaborator, the Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market. It is held in conjunction with 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a global poetry movement.
We gather with intention, to celebrate, with poetry, music, and art, the spirit needed to fuel a movement, sharing compelling poetry while exploring urgent issues that confront the state of our planet. Please join us in our effort to “Stand up for the Earth” by supporting Watershed.
This year’s festival will shine with outstanding poets, writers, and musicians. K-12 student poets from California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Inside Out, and River of Words will present their poems led by their poet-teachers, with interludes of world-class jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio.
Civic Center Park is transformed with beautiful Watershed banners created by Bolinas artist Arthur Okamura, a Creek Poem installation, and River Village exhibits with interactive writing, ‘zines, books, and magazines next to the lively Berkeley Farmers’ Market. There are tents and chairs, with recycled carpet for extra seating.
The annual Strawberry Creek Walk begins at 10 a.m., the morning of the festival, just inside the UC Berkeley campus at Oxford and Center Streets. The gentle trek features poets, a dancer, and a naturalist on a walk along Strawberry Creek as it flows through the UC Campus, then through downtown Berkeley on its path beneath the city to the festival.
And on the Friday before the festival, Watershed poets will visit Berkeley High School for a poetry workshop session with BHS students.
Your support is needed to help cover Watershed’s expenses. It is essential that this festival remain free, public, and open to all. Please join us on September 27, 2014!