Legacy of Poetry Festival: Water and Fire

Monday, April 01, 2019

SJSU’s Poets and Writers Coalition will host the Legacy of Poetry Festival: Water and Fire, April 17 – 19, celebrating National Poetry Month and Earth Day Week on the SJSU campus. In celebration of SJSU’s Earth Day Week we will host poetry readings by local community and campus poets as well as Pulitzer Prize finalists that raise questions about the sustainability of these resources for human use. The Festival’s poetry readings and its “Symposium on Water and Fire: The Poetics of a Warming Planet” featuring a conversation between the Keynote poets and SJSU faculty meteorologists Dr. Craig Clements and Dr. Eugene Cordero, will focus much needed attention on these important public issues. Also as part of the Festival, there will be campus-wide Haiku writing project, where students and other members of the SJSU community will be invited to contribute Haikus on the subjects of water and fire to the Legacy of Poetry: Water and Fire Haiku blog. The blog is accessible in all Web browsers by on the the Legacy of Poetry Festival: Water and Fire website www.legacyofpoetry.com. On April 19, the Festival will present the Water and Fire Poetry Slam, where participants will perform their poems or spoken word pieces that address problems created on our warming planet through reflections on the elements of water and fire. The top three winners will receive prizes. To submit work to perform on either water or fire, go to