Celebration: A Sensuous Earth Day Stroll & Poetry Affair

Sunday, 4/21/2024
1:00 - 4:00
Bernal Heights Front
Bernal Heights

500 Cortland Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens invite you to their 3rd annual Ecosex Earth Day celebration. Step into a world where nature's allure meets poetic expression.

Embark on a whimsical journey through Holly Park, guided by the enchanting duo of Stephens and Sprinkle, along with their nature-loving companions. Leave behind the digital realm and immerse yourself in the tactile pleasures of our earthy escapade. Throughout this sensorial adventure, indulge your senses in sumptuous scents, captivating sights, and the melodious symphony of nature's whispers. As we tread lightly upon the earth, we will serenade our beloved planet with verses that paint her as our cherished lover. Join us for a celebration of the sensual and the ecological, where poetry intertwines with the pulse of the Earth itself.


1–1:30 Book Giveaway and Introduction at Bernal Library 

1:30–3 Walk down Cortland to Holly Park 

3–4 Wild Side West Back Garden (21+)

This eco-erotic poetry walk  is inspired by the Earth—for the Earth.

Stephens and Sprinkle will be joined by poets, artists, and their excellent support team: Anastasia Lê, Anissa Malady, Camille Roy, Julian Barber, Liz Asch, Marc McBeth, Maria Ramirez, Mario Ramirez, Medicine King, Sam McGinnis, Saul Villegas and Teri Ciacchi.

Presented with the E.A.R.T.H. Lab SF (ELSF). This org builds community by creating collaborative, multidisciplinary art projects that re-envision the Earth, all of its beings, and environmental activism with fresh eyes. ELSF expands prevailing notions of environmental art, challenges the mainstream’s binary concepts of gender, sexuality and race, and incorporates inclusive, diverse and imaginative possibilities for sustainable living. Their projects promote love, tolerance, sustainability and peace.

Stephens and Sprinkle have been creating multimedia projects together for 20 years, about love, environmental issues and the sensual pleasures of the natural world. Stephens has been a professor at University of California Santa Cruz for 27 years. Sprinkle was a sex worker turned performance artist. The duo make films, produce symposiums, create theater and performance art. Their Ecosex Manifesto launched the Ecosex Movement. They are currently making a film about fire for which they were awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2021. Their book, Assuming the Ecosexual Position—the Earth as Lover (University of Minnesota Press) chronicles their epic love story and art/life adventures. 

Attendees of the event will receive complimentary copies of Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth As Lover, courtesy of SFPL. Copies will be distributed before (please arrive early) and after the event. Additionally, following the stroll, the book giveaway will continue at the Wild Side West garden, accompanied by a book signing. While supplies last.


Sprinkle & Stephens Collaboration - Website | Earth Lab SF - Website 

Beth Stephens - Twitter | Beth Stephens - Instagram 

Annie Sprinkle - Twitter | Annie Sprinkle - Instagram

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Programs designed to celebrate the art of the poem, including readings and talks.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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