Date(s) - January 19, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cannon Beach Library
Fisherpoets will sing tunes, read poetry at Cannon Beach Library
Fisherpoets from the North Coast will read original poetry and sing some tunes at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 in the Cannon Beach Library.
Featured will be Jon Broderick, Dave Densmore, Geno Leech, Rob Seitz and Jay Speakman. Their readings are part of the library’s NW Author Series. The event is free.
All the poets are regular presenters at the annual FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria. This year’s gathering will be Feb. 28 to March 1.
Jon Broderick, of Cannon Beach, and Jay Speakman, of Gearhart, have long been planners of the FisherPoets Gathering, which Broderick started with a few phone calls in 1998. Since then the Gathering has grown to include roughly 100 poets, singers and storytellers who write about their lives and observations as fishermen and women.
Those appearing at the Cannon Beach Library on Jan. 19 are skilled fishermen and writers both.
Broderick and his family run salmon set net sites in Bristol Bay each summer.
Speakman is a former Maine lobsterman.
Dave Densmore, of Astoria, purchased his own commercial fishing boat in Alaska at age 13. Years later, after a boat he was running caught fire, he and his crew survived four nights adrift on the Bering Sea in the snow. A Japanese trawler ran their life raft down before, ultimately, rescuing them. He fishes salmon out of Kodiak.
Geno Leech, of Chinook, Washington, began writing poetry in 1995 while he was drag fishing on the Columbian Star out of Astoria.
Rob Seitz is a native Alaskan who fished in Cook Inlet until 1992 when oil from the Exxon Valdez spill spoiled the fishing. He and his wife, Tiffani, lived on the North Coast fishing until 2011 when they went to Morro Bay, California, and bought the trawler South Bay. They became involved in sustainable fishing and began processing their own catches to sell to local restaurants.
They now live in Astoria, where they fish off the coast and operate South Bay Wild Seafood Market & Restaurant.