Tune in for a virtual event featuring female fisherpoets from around the country! These fisherpoets will share stories, poems, and music related to their experiences in the fishing industry and community. This event will be led by Moe Bowstern and will feature Tele Aadsen, Meezie Hermansen, Alana Kansaku-Sarmiento, Meghan Gervais, Kate Murphy, Billie Delaney, and Melanie Brown plus others to be announced!
This event will take place on the Fishing Heritage Center’s Facebook page as a Facebook Live event. You can watch by visiting the Center’s Facebook page at 7:00pm EDT on Thursday, April 8th.
Women in the Workplace, Women on Deck is supported by a Bridge Street Scholarship from Mass Humanities. This program is part of the Center’s series about women’s roles in commercial fishing which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Women’s Fisheries Network, Mass Cultural Council, and the New Bedford, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Westport, Marion, and Mattapoisett Cultural Councils. The program take place on April’s AHA! Night and is free and open to the public.
Performer Bios (more coming soon!)
Moe Bowstern is the editor since 1996 of Xtra Tuf, a zine that chronicles the experiences and adventures of commercial fisher folk in Alaska and beyond. Moe worked on fishing boats starting in 1986, when as a miserable 18-year-old boat cook she once inadvertently threatened the lives of the crew by serving pasta tossed with shards of glass. She has fished salmon, halibut, herring, tanner crab, cod in Alaska, shad on the Hudson River, shrimp in Miami and mackerel, crab and lobster in the Moray Firth of Scotland. She lives in Portland Oregon, where she writes for the It Did Happen Here historical documentary podcast telling the story of Portland activists who chased fascist skinheads out of town in the late 80s/early 90s.
Melanie Brown fishes for sockeye salmon in the Naknek River District of Bristol Bay with her kids on the set-net site that her Great Grandfather, Paul Chukan, staked out. She winters in Juneau, Alaska and advocates for salmon and wild salmon habitat with her colleagues at SalmonState.
Tele Aadsen is an Alaskan salmon troller who sold her first catch for the price of an ice cream cone in 1984. She fishes the F/V Nerka with partner Joel & cat Halcyon, living ocean-summers in Lingit Aani, Southeast Alaska, & land-winters in the Coast Salish territory of Bellingham, Washington. www.nerkasalmon.
Kat Murphy is a power troller in southeast Alaska. She targets salmon in the summer months and in the off season, direct markets her catch and sells other fish she’s sourced from small boat fishermen in and around Port Townsend, WA through her business, Katfish Salmon Co. When she’s not fishing, selling, and thinking about fish, Kat enjoys mushroom hunting and catching up on sleep.