Poets, musicians, environmentalists, and community members will gather for the 27th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival to celebrate writers, nature, and community, and to send an urgent message to consider the earth and climate change in our daily lives. Our belief is that we need the inspiration of poetry and music to meet our collective challenge.
The Festival begins with the Strawberry Creek Walk on the UC Berkeley campus at 10 am and continues at noon on the main stage next to the Berkeley Farmers’ Market at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park. Please gather for a free afternoon of poetry, music, and nature writers in the park.
Watershed will kick off with a “cli-fi” reading, works that deal with the impacts of climate change and global warming, by novelist and spoken word poet Aya de León, “Black Literature vs. The Climate Emergency” conference, Creative Director. “California Poets in the Schools” students will read with poet-teacher Maureen Hurley. Barry Finnerty Jazz Trio, with acclaimed jazz guitarist Barry Finnerty, who has toured and played with Miles Davis, The Crusaders, and Hubert Laws, will be the onstage house band. And Bay Nature magazine staff will talk about Bay Area nature.