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 The River Current

Writing The Watershed Festival

Writing The Watershed Literary Festival

The Schoharie River Center is proud to present a two-day family friendly festival of storytelling, memoir writing and poetry workshops, open mike sessions, a concert of Spoken Word poetry featuring Mohawk Valley and Capital District spoken word artists, and guest speakers.   

The festival begins on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th at noon and extends into the evening (workshops are at other times - see the full schedule).

Readings with guest readers will feature the writings of Mohawk Valley “farmer poets” who were active in the 20th century as chroniclers of agricultural life.  Guest readings will be followed by open mike opportunities, keeping the theme of writing about “place.”  Sunday’s open mike will be focused upon poetry, with Alan Casline of Rootdrinker Press serving as the Emcee.

Guest authors and speakers  - see the full schedule

Keynote Speaker

John Cronin - cofounder of Riverkeeper, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs, Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment


Workshops  - see the full schedule

Spoken Word Performance

Join us Saturday night for “spoken word” performances featuring 518 area spoken word artist Souly.Had. This will begin at 7:00 p.m. with an open mike session, followed by Souly.Had and friends performing contemporary spoken word poetry and music.  

Friday’s Schedule of Events

Saturday’s Schedule of Events

Sunday’s Schedule of Events

Advanced Workshop Registration and Event Tickets


This two-day festival is supported by public funds from Humanities New York, Poets and Writers, and the Mohawk Regional Economic Development Initiative, administered by the New York State Council on the Arts.    For further information, contact John McKeeby, Executive Director of the Schoharie River Center at 518-875-6230