River of Words Watershed Festival Celebrated on Chapel Green

On Saturday, April 13th, our watershed celebrated the art and poetry of place with the River of Words Watershed Festival.

Thirteen youth artists and poets from California to Georgia presented or read their work, published in the 2019 River of Words digital Anthology. 2019 KSOE / ROW Teacher of the Year, Glenn Powers from the Center for Teaching and Learning School in Edgecomb, Maine, spoke on science in poetry, authenticity and rigor in the classroom, and the power of student inquiry when combined with artistic curiosity. Emceed by 1995-1997 US Poet Laureate, Robert Hass, the day also included a gallery of artwork created by River of Words winners and finalists, an interactive Poetry River installation, and activity booths such as the Postcard Activism Station, where students decorated postcards and wrote messages to their congressional representatives supporting renewable energy and conservation initiatives. The goal was for attendees of all ages to energize their relationship with and get excited about conserving their watersheds.

Credit: 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart.

2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California's Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California's Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart. 2019 River of Words winners and finalists at the 2019 River of Words Watershed Festival at Saint Mary's College of California, Chapel Lawn: April 13th, 2019. Photography by John Burkart.