Pacific Northwest Fisher Poet Moe Bowstern to Read at Baker Books This Monday!

Whaling City Review LIVE and Baker Books are thrilled to welcome Fisher Poet Moe Bowstern all the way from the Pacific Northwest. If you weren’t able to catch her reading at the Working Waterfront Festival, or if you did and you’d like to hear more, come down to the Bean and Leaf café at Baker Books on Monday, September 27th, at 7:00 PM. The reading will be followed by an open mic.

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 performs annually at the Astoria Oregon Fisher Poets Gathering. She has also appeared at the Sea Music Festival in Mystic Connecticut, the Cowboy Poets Gathering in Elko Nevada and Tony’s Bar, “Kodiak’s Biggest Navigational Hazard” in Kodiak Alaska. Xtra Tuf #5: The Strike Issue won the 2007 Lilla Jewel Award.

Moe has worked on fishing boats since 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. Since then she has commercially fished salmon, halibut, herring, cod, shad, shrimp and tanner crab, mostly around Kodiak, though she has ventured as far west as Togiak Bay in the Bering Sea, as far east as the Hudson River and as far south as Dinner Key Marina, Miami. Her newest issue, Xtra Tuf #6: The Greenhorn Issue, features contributions from over 20 other commercial fishing writers, all on the theme of initiation into the rough world of commercial fishing.

Baker Books is an independent bookstore located at 69 State Rd. in North Dartmouth. For more information, visit or call (508) 997-6700. Baker Books is wheelchair accessible.

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