The Daily Astorian on Fisher Poets Gathering 2013
Some of you have asked how Fisher Poets went last weekend. I haven’t been able to write about it yet — have barely been able to think about it, without a giant, goofy grin, swelling heart, nostalgic sigh. The afterglow’s still burning pretty brightly. Fortunately, the Daily Astorian put together a good article that sums it up nicely. They made a great video, too, which includes clips of performances by Cary Jones, Jason Doan, Moe Bowstern, Erin Fristad, Billie Delaney, Lloyd Montgomery, Jon Broderick & Jay Speakman, Ray Troll & the Ratfish Wranglers, and me. It’s worth the four-minute watch.
Also, thanks to the Daily Astorian for another good article, “Pebble Mine Opponents Gather During Fisher Poets Event.” Thanks to the many biologists, professors, fisheries experts, and performers who spoke up for Bristol Bay.
Longtime Hooked readers may remember the series of FPG posts I subjected you to last March, when I couldn’t stop writing about it for weeks after. It’s a pretty safe bet that there’ll be a few more posts like that this year, too. I wouldn’t have imagined that our second year attending could top the first, but it did — thanks to the overwhelming spirit of generosity, inclusion, and talent that we found everywhere we went. Participating has been an honor, and learning from my fellow performers — elders and greenhorns alike — has been a privilege. There are an awful lot of words I’d like to use to relive this experience, but really, it all comes down to just a few. Awe. Gratitude. Love.
(The last weekend of February, sweeties. There’s no shame in marking your calendar now… I have.)