Poetry & Music

Thursday Evening, February 1

Spoken word and music are fun ways to appreciate and celebrate our native plants!

Poets & Writers

The poets and writers event will celebrate native plants and natural places through spoken word. At the 2015 Conference in San Jose, this event included readings from Malcolm Margolin, Robert Pack Browning, Lester Rowntree (reading from his grandmother’s work), Pireeni Sundaralingam, and Poet Laureate, Robert Hass, and was standing room only! We are excited to include the poets and writers event again in Los Angeles, and will be announcing the 2018 lineup soon.

An open mic will follow the scheduled readings, so come prepared to read or recite something with a nexus to nature and/or native plants or habitats.

If you think you don’t like poetry, come anyway: you’ll be surprised!

Songfest & Music Jam

Songfest & Music Jam will follow the poets and writers event. Attendees are encouraged to bring acoustic instruments, and/or songs with lyrics and chords (but not sheet music) on a thumb drive. Songs will be projected on a screen so others can sing and play along. Songs with botanical themes are encouraged (adapt new lyrics to old favorites) but all other good songs are welcome. Familiar songs or tunes work best, and you should be prepared to lead the songs you bring. This will be a fun event whether you can play an instrument or sing, or just love live music!