The Inner Forest Service
Chris Kerr edits the Inner Forest Service from Oakland, CA. Chris is a writer, artist, parent, and teacher who headed the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts during its most award-winning years and led the English department at Arroyo High School while it rose out of Program Improvement. Now he’s refocusing his life onto the climate crisis. This includes starting Round Weather (a nonprofit art gallery that raises funds for organizations that mitigate climate change), volunteering with the Sunrise Movement, serving on the DNC's Environment and Climate Crisis Council, and helping paint a two-block-long street mural in San Francisco’s financial district during the Global Climate Strikes of September 2019.
Chris also founded and edited Projector, the magazine of creative response to film, and Nomenclatter, a one-of-a-kind literary journal where a workshop live-tweeted its writing advice and published the resulting poems monthly. He has organized events that bridge artistic disciplines for the Berkeley Art Museum, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, and the Roxie Theater; performed his poems at Aggregate Space, a.Muse Gallery, and Art & Music in the Gardens at Lake Merritt; and displayed his language-based artwork at E.M. Wolfman, MacArthur Annex, and Merritt College's climate crisis exhibition Cherish and Resist. Poems and stories by Chris appear in Eleven Eleven, The New Review of Literature, Sugar Mule, Work, and here:
Lightning strikes a valley oak
and ants vanish from a branch
above outstretched stems and blades
of a California fescue—burst of soil—
bluegreen cloud casting up sunshafts.