Celebrate the Launch of “I Sing the Salmon Home”

Next month join Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate, in Seattle and Olympia for the launch of a new anthology of poetry dedicated to a Northwest icon.

I Sing the Salmon Home is a new collection of poetry from Pacific Northwest poets, gathered by Washington State Poet Laureate and Lummi tribal member Rena Priest. The poems are all inspired by the Northwest’s iconic, beloved salmon, and were written by poets ranging from first graders to tribal elders.  

To celebrate the book’s launch, join Rena and other poets featured in the anthology at in-person events in Seattle on April 8 and Olympia on April 10.  

The anthology honors the salmon’s heroic journey, and its beauty, courage, and generosity. But it also bears witness to the threats salmon face from pollution, dams, and warming oceans. “It is my hope that the poems in this collection,” says Rena in the preface, “will carry into the hearts of readers a wish to preserve and protect the gifts of salmon bestowed by a beautiful living earth . . . May their good work continue to sing the salmon home.” 


Seattle Launch: I Sing the Salmon Home 

When: April 8, 2:00 p.m. 

Where: The Seattle Public Library 

Cost: Free 

Register here 


Olympia Launch: I Sing the Salmon Home 

When: April 10, 4:00 p.m. 

Where: State Reception Room on the 3rd floor of the Washington State Capitol building. 

Cost: Free 

No registration required 

Contributors reading: 

Catherine Bull 

Pat Dixon 

Seth Goldstein  

Shelley Kirk-Rudeen 

Danica Miller  

Cynthia Pratt 

Joe Seymour 


The events are hosted by the anthology’s publisher, Empty Bowl Press. 

The Poet Laureate program is sponsored by Humanities Washington and The Washington State Arts Commission/ArtsWA, with the support of Governor Jay Inslee.  

Learn more about the poet laureate program here.

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