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Posted inArts, Community

On downtown Berkeley street, the poetry is underfoot

On a downtown Berkeley city block, poetry is a constant companion. Stretched along both sides of Addison Street between Milvia Street and Shattuck Avenue, cast-iron “stepping stone” plaques engraved with fired, glass porcelain enamel lettering speak the language of poets from Ohlone Indians to contemporary wordsmiths. Known as the “Berkeley Poetry Walk” and anthologized in […]

Posted inArts, Community, Obituaries

The man behind the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival: Mark Baldridge, 1948-2014

By Sharon Coleman For decades, Berkeley has been enriched by a vibrant literary community with poetry at its heart, as we see in downtown Berkeley’s Addison Street Poetry Walk. At the heart of the poetry community since 1972 has been Poetry Flash, a hub for reviews, articles, event listings, and presenter of many singular literary […]

Posted inArts, Community, Events

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

JENNIFER KOH Violinist Jennifer Koh is no stranger to Berkeley, although Berkeley audiences may know her as Einstein, a role she undertook when she played in Einstein on the Beach at Cal Performances. This time she plays as herself — a powerful soloist — when she performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with the Berkeley Symphony tonight, Thursday Oct. 2, at 7 […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Poet writes about Occupy Cal, protesters plan next steps

Robert Hass, professor of poetry and poetics at UC Berkeley, attended Occupy Cal this month and wrote about his experience in an op-ed piece for the New York Times on Sunday titled “Poet-Bashing Police”. He decided to go on campus with his wife, Brenda Hillman, after hearing about police beating protesters with truncheons in order gain […]