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2021 FisherPoets Gathering - they are salmon fishing in Alaska and having fun

Updated: Mar 5


We promise you will have such a deeper appreciation for your wild-caught seafood once you listen to the prose of the brave men and women who head out to sea to fill your bellies.
FisherPoets Live on Zoom



Swap this super special pandemic treat with your favorite podcast for a couple of hours. This event is usually live in Astoria and you have to choose which acts to attend. This year you can watch all artists, whose common denominator is salmon fishing in Alaska, from the comfort of your own home.


We promise you will have such a deeper appreciation for your wild-caught seafood once you listen to the prose of the brave men and women who head out to sea to fill your bellies.


We give all acts a huge virtual round of applause for their shares.


Here are the highlights, in our humble opinion. What is linked below is our interpretation of the topic, not the piece title. Click on the yellow to view the author's name and listen to the title (if shared). Write your favorites in the comments below!


Folks who are salmon fishing in Alaska in the Prince William Sound + Copper River (where your Alaska Fresh fish are wild caught!)

The ultimate fisherpoet of CDV - Steve Schoonmaker, AK fisherman of 39 yrs, fisherpoet of 13

Louis Beaudry who fished out of Cordova (CDV) singing about a famous local deckhand. If you've been to or worked in CDV, you know who this is or you've seen him on Main Street.

Paying attention – Holly Hughes

Cordovan (can't say former, b/c once you leave there, it never leaves your heart) on fisher moms - Erica Thompson Clark


The pandemic (COVID-19)

Yupik & Tlingit native shares her thoughts on pandemic life - Melanie Brown

Your boat's in quarantine/quarantine flag - Doug Rhoades


Observations on climate change

All that has changed – Josh Wisniewski


The reality (and cost) of being a commercial fisherman Seasickness

Being a greenhorn in Alaska fishing – “Corva May”

The hard life of a fisherman

Capsizing in Alaska – “God Bless the Captain,” Jan Bono


Characters of the industry

How to make fish stock – “The Prize Inside,” Toni Mirosevich

Author writing from the perspective of her boat, taking it up to Alaska for fishing

Telling it like it is to be a woman fisherman, make the men comfortable - Alana

Assigning meaning to the forgotten cannery workers from China, the Philippines or simply upriver - Katherine Ringsmuth

On sockeye salmon – Meezie Hermansen


The spirituality of fishing

The original religion: fishing. "Temple of the Trout" by xxx

The physics of (ocean) sound On grief and herbalism by Moe Bowstern (what a name!)


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