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River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things

River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things
Edited by Pamela Michael with an Introduction by Robert Hass

Featuring children's poems and works of art from the River of Words annual contests over the past ten years, this delightful anthology showcases the work of children seeking to explore, appreciate, and protect the watersheds in which they live. A remarkable confluence of K-12 curriculum, children's literature, environmentalism, poetry and art, this enchanting volume speaks to the creative spirit in all of us.

Published by Milkweed Editions

Also available:
Milkweed Editions and River of Words have created a free, downloadable teaching guide to accompany this book. Download it now!

River of Words: Young Poets and Artists on the Nature of Things

Paperback: $21.60 (includes shipping and handling)


River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water

River of Words: Images & Poetry in Praise of Water
Edited by Pamela Michael
Introductions by Michael, Robert Hass and Thacher Hurd
96 pages (8 X 8), full color throughout, with 45 plates
Trade paper, ISBN: 1-890771-65-1, $15.95 (includes shipping and handling)
Water—in all its splendid forms—is the subject and inspiration behind the
alluring artwork and astounding poetry presented in River of Words: Images
and Poetry in Praise of Water, published by Heyday Books.Rivers, lakes, oceans, rain and tears come alive in 96 pages of verse and full-color art.Selected from the annual River of Words Contest entries, here is an exceptional collection of creative work from young people (ages 5-19) across America and around the world. Both children and adults will appreciate and enjoy the creative results of children experiencing and exploring water as part of the environment. Reviews:

“Young minds, in poems and paintings, freely playing creatively, conceptually, physically, with water. Kids showing us canebreaks, ducks, frogs, clouds, streams, and friends, all forms of water, through their fresh eyes. These selections of the best of the best give us pleasure and hope.” —Gary Snyder

“Spend some pleasant time with the blithe and irrepressible spirits reflected in these poems and paintings created by young minds.” —Wayne Thiebaud

“To turn these pages—to gaze and peruse here—is to discover an unfamiliar joy. These young people offer transcendence, enchantment, and the experience of human attainment—sensations adults too often, now, lose track of. What an antidote to dejection about our species’ potential mounts up in these poems and images.” —Barry Lopez

“Pablo Picasso famously said that it took him eighty years to learn to paint like a child. The fresh vitality of these young poets and artists is an inspiration to all of us to let our imaginations run free.” —Sandra Jordan
River of Words: Images and Poetry in Praise of Water


New!!! 2010 River of Words Anthology

River of Words: The Natural World as Viewed by Young People

Poetry from the Annual River of Words Contest
Twelve collections of the River of Words poetry books are now available, presenting the winning poems from the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and our recent 2010 International Poetry & Art Contests. Poems selected by Robert Hass

$15.00 (includes shipping and handling)


2009 Poetry Book
$15.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2008 Poetry Book
$15.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2007 Poetry Book
$15.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2006 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2005 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2004 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2003 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2002 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2001 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

2000 Poetry Book
$10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

Frederica von Stade Sings Brubeck’s River of Words’ Poems

In 2002, a friend of River of Words, Paul Strasburg, gave Chris a copy of the River of Words annual anthology, The Natural World as Viewed by Young People. Brubeck had been commissioned to write a piece for Frederica von Stade and was casting about for inspiration and lyrics suitable for the song suite he was composing. The resulting River of Song, features a libretto containing five River of Words’ young poets: Shawna Eiermann (12), Kevin Brown (5), Alice Goldfuss (12), Stefani Galik (8), and John Keogh (13), as well as ee cummings.  !!


$22.00 (includes shipping and handling)

Ecological Literacy:
Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World

Edited by Center for Ecoliteracy Senior Editor Michael K. Stone and Executive Director Zenobia Barlow

This book presents the Center's conceptual foundations, from ancient wisdom to contemporary science. It chronicles some of the most exciting work that the Center has supported over the last decade, diverse projects (including River of Words) that have creatively put those concepts into practice. Authors include Wendell Berry, Alice Waters, David W. Orr, Fritjof Capra, River of Words co-founder Pamela Michael, Donella Meadows, and (ROW board member) Malcolm Margolin. Ecological Literacy is the third volume in the Bioneers Book Series published by Sierra Club Books and distributed by University of California Press. $16.95, 279 pages.

Ecological Literacy
$20.95 (includes shipping and handling)

The Gift of Rivers
True Stories of Life on the Water

Edited by Pamela Michael, RoW Co-Founder and Executive Director
Indroduction by Robert Hass, RoW Co-Founder

From the Colorado to the Seine, the Congo to the Yangtze, this eclectic gathering of acclaimed writers and river lovers takes readers on journeys that fuel imaginations, offer escape, soothe souls, and callenge traveler's courage and stregnth.

"The Gift of Rivers is a source of spiritual renewal. Through these stories, we remember why water is holy and the sacred obligation that is ours to keep these waterways pure." – Terry Tempest Williams, author of Leap

A soulful fact- and image- filled compendium of waonderful stories that illuminate, educate, inspire, and delight." – David Brower, chairman of Earth Island Institute

The Gift of Rivers
$18.95 (includes shipping and handling)

Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts
edited by Lynne Elizabeth and Suzanne Young

Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture and inspire social change in this book of exemplary community–based arts projects.

Includes an article by ROW Executive Director Pamela Michaels and ROW 2003 Teacher of the Year Alicia Hokanson and numerous beautiful ROW images!

Works of Heart: Building Village Through the Arts
$29.45 (includes shipping and handling)

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