River of Words, now a part of Saint Mary's new Center for Environmental Literacy, is a pioneer in the field of place-based education, using the child's own ecosystem and community as the context for learning in a hands-on and investigative manner.
Co-founded by Robert Hass and Pamela Michael, River of Words conducts the largest international youth art and poetry competition in the world, in affiliation with The Library of Congress. UC Berkeley professor Hass, an SMC graduate, was Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 and is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. Michael is the Director for the Center of Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary’s College. The 2012 winning art and poetry from around the world, selected from thousands of entries and judged by Hass, Michael, and noted children’s book author and artist Thacher Hurd, will be on display.
Winning poems will be displayed in bound books and in wall text. Visitors may hear the poems through their mobile phones with free Guide By Cell technology in the Museum.
In the Armstead Gallery