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New Friends and Old: FisherPoets 2018
America’s fishermen are known across the country for their long and proud history of strong community ties. Nowhere is that tradition more striking than at the annual Fisherpoets gathering: a weekend of fishing-related music, storytelling, writing, visual media and poetry celebrating the fishing lifestyle.
For the last 20 years, fishermen and their communities from coast to coast have gathered in Astoria, Oregon to participate in FisherPoets and share the beauty and hardship of their experience through art. I was thrilled and honored to participate in this special event—for the fishing community, FisherPoets is a rare opportunity for people to come together unencumbered by openings, closings and the work that needs to get done. While most poets are from Alaska, Washington and Oregon, fisherman from as far as Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts attended.