Ecopoetry Festival to draw Poet Laureate

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Muir Poetry Project will present the third annual Ecopoetry Festival in Martinez May 21.

The festival is a joint effort of Alhambra High School’s Creative Writing Program and the John Muir National Historic Site.

Celebrated poets Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Matthew Zapruder will read from their work, as well as discuss how poetic language can improve our relationship with the natural world.

Hass is former Poet Laureate of the United States and teaches at U.C. Berkeley. Hillman is current chancellor for the Academy of American Poets and teaches at St. Mary’s College. Zapruder serves as poetry editor for the New York Times Magazine and also teaches at St. Mary’s. They each have received many prestigious awards and been published widely.

The event is part of an ongoing celebration of the National Park System’s 100th Anniversary. Admission is free, but due to the special nature of the reading and the stature of the poets, reservations are required, as seating is limited. Please call the Muir House at (925) 228-8860, to reserve your spot.

The event will take place from 5-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in the parlor of the John Muir House, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, at the Alhambra exit off Highway 4. For more details, contact Eliot Schain at

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