"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

-John Muir

“Most people are on the world, not in it…” -- John Muir


The Muir Poetry Project proudly presents the third annual Ecopoetry Festival in Martinez, CA. This 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 PM on Saturday, May 21st in the parlor of the John Muir House at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, at the Alhambra exit off Highway 4. For more details contact James MacDonald of the John Muir National Historical Site at 925-228-8860 (extension 6431) or Eliot Schain at eschain@martinez.k12.ca.us.



The annual Eco-Poetry Festival, a celebration of ecologist John Muir's efforts to preserve the world's natural beauty, has been organized by Alhambra students and Eliot Schain for two years and counting.

In the past, the festival has been attended by critically-acclaimed poets such as Al Young, Ellery Akers, Traci Gourdine, Dan Alter, and Christina Hutchins, just to name a few. 

The Eco-Poetry festival takes place on John Muir's former property and home in Martinez, CA.

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