Strength in Diversity: The Poetry of Ecology

May 21, 2012

Contact: Isobel Schneider
Tel: 510-981-6150

Award winning poets Adam David Miller and Kim Shuck, headline a FREE multi-cultural and multi-generational poetry reading at the Berkeley Public Library.

Strength in Diversity: The Poetry of Ecology, a FREE, multi-cultural, multi-generational reading will showcase original works by six poets. The program is presented jointly by the Ecology Center and the Berkeley Public Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, 2012, in the 3rd floor Community Meeting Room of the Berkeley Public Library, Central Branch, 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley.

Adam David Miller, well-known poet, teacher and community activist, author of four books of prize-winning poetry and more recently a notable memoir, Ticket to Exile, headlines the program with Kim Shuck, author of the collection Smuggling Cherokee and winner of numerous writing awards including the Native Writers of the Americas First Book Award and the Mary Tall Mountain Award.

The Ecology Center’s Kirk Lumpkin, poet, performer, and the Special Events and Promotions Coordinator of the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets hosts this program. He will be joined by two other Ecology Center poets, Jahan Khalighi, a former member of the Eugene Slam Poetry Team and Nakia “Precious Gift” Dillard. The program rounds out with a young poet from Youth Speaks. Book signing will follow. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library (  For more program information call 510-981-6150 or connect to The Central Library is open Monday, noon-8 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  For questions and accessibility information, call 510-981-6195, TTY 510-548-1240,