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11/27/2017 at 7:46:43 PM GMT
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2018 FisherPoets Gathering

All who’ve earned a living in the commercial fishing industry are invited to join with kindred spirits at the 21st annual FisherPoets Gathering the last weekend of February 2018.

The 2018 FisherPoets Gathering starts the evening of Friday, February 23 and winds up Sunday, February 25 around noon. If you can make it to town by Thursday evening, join the group for the traditional no-host, pre-function dinner and open mic.

If you haven’t been on the schedule before, it’s important that you send a sample of your work to the planning committee. Keep commercial fishing in mind and don’t stray too far from the working roots of the Gathering. If you’ve been strictly a prose writer try your hand at a poem instead. You’ll never find a more empathetic audience.

If you know people who may not write but who, with some encouragement, can tell a good story, let the planning committee know; they will consider asking them to participate in Saturday's Story Circle.

If you have an idea for Saturday’s workshops that you’d like to present or see presented, let the planning committee know.

Feel free to bring chapbooks, cards, artwork, CDs and so forth to sell (at no cost, thanks to volunteers) at our FisherPoets Gathering Gearshack.

Those who’ve performed at previous FisherPoets Gatherings should be sure they are represented in In the Tote, our on-line anthology of fisherpoetry painstakingly curated by Pat Dixon. Reach him at

Those of you in the commercial fishing community who are visual artists can anticipate a general call for submissions from graphic artist and FPG planner Jamie Boyd. She has ideas of publishing a fisherpoets’ art book in the future. Spread the word among your commercial fishing friends. Reach Jamie ( to find out more.

The Astoria Riverwalk Inn (503.325.2013 or ) at the west mooring basing is offering $70 rooms to fisherpoets and friends again this year. Ask when you register.

The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce has plenty of other lodging information at If you have special needs or requests, contact the planning committee.

As always, once expenses are paid, proceeds will be divided up to provide modest travel stipends, graduated in consideration of those who travel farthest.

Confirm your attendance by January 10, 2018.

Direct questions to: 

Jon Broderick (
FisherPoets Gathering Planning Committee

To learn more about the FisherPoets, or for a running official list of confirmed participants in the 2018 Gathering, visit the FisherPoets website at:

Last edited Monday, November 27, 2017

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