Join Milvia Street at the Sat., Sept. 27 Annual Watershed Poetry and Ecology Festival in Berkeley’s Civic Center Park, Noon to 4:30 pm

Milvia Street will have a table and a “Poet-Tree” for interactive writing and displaying and selling our journal at the annual Watershed Poetry and Ecology Festival. It takes place on Saturday September 27 in Berkeley’s Civic Center Park from Noon to 4:30pm.


Milvia Street faculty coordinator will also be reading at the Creek Walk, which begins at 10am at Center and Oxford Streets on the UCB Campus. It’s a free event. Former U.S Poet Laureate and English Basic Skills Community college Instructor Kay Ryan is reading with a host of fabulous other poets.


festival poster


D.A. Powell and Kay Ryan:

DA Powell and Kay Ryan


Information from the poster:

Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival & Strawberry Creek Walk, Saturday, Sept. 27, Berkeley

Kay Ryan, Anne Waldman, Dean Rader, Al Young, Randall Potts, Phavia Kujichagulia with guitar and percussion, River Village book fair, exhibits, open mic, & more!

19th annual Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, Saturday, Sept. 27, noon-4:30 pm, at Civic Center Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, at Center Street, Berkeley, one block from Berkeley BART. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan; poet Anne Waldman in a rare West Coast appearance; Al Young; Dean Rader, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent; Randall Potts; paleoclimatologist B.  Lynn Ingram, The West without Water; Lucille Lang Day; Dick Bakken; Phavia Kujichagulia with guitar and percussion; Chris Olander, Tiffany Higgins, Traci Gourdine, Eliot Schain, Sharon Coleman, Doreen Domb, jazz by The Barry Finnerty Trio; Poetry Inside Out and California Poets in the Schools students with poet-teachers John Oliver Simon, Maureen Hurley, J. Ruth  Gendler; River Village book fair and exhibits featuring Milvia Street: Art and Literary Journal, Sixteen Rivers Press, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Buffalo Field Campaign’s Buffaloon for the kids, and more.


Strawberry Creek Walk at 10:00 am precedes the main event with poetry, dance, and talk, meet at Oxford and Center Streets, UC Berkeley. Chris Olander, Tiffany Higgins, Traci Gourdine, Eliot Schain, Sharon Coleman, Doreen Domb, John Shoptaw, UCB Creek Restoration expert Tim Pine, and dancer Patricia Bulitt with Creek movement piece.


All free. Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters (email by Sept. 19). 100 Thousand Poets for Change event, presented by Poetry Flash and Ecology Center/Berkeley Farmers’ Market. For information, (510) 525-5476,, or visit