Sierra Golden

Monday, 12 September 2016

Sign-up 7 – 7:30, show starts at 8, Sierra at 8:40 – 8:50

Sierra Golden in the wild.

Sierra Golden in the wild.

SIERRA GOLDEN received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the 2015 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, Golden’s work appears in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications and is a 2015-2016 Made at Hugo House Fellow.

Visit Sierra’s website.

A note from your curator (Sierra did not ask me to put these words here).  Sierra has spent much of her life fishing on my own nursery grounds.  It’s been many years since I’ve been back to Sitka, but her poems put me there over and over.  Here’s an excerpt:

Post-coital fish corpses punctuate

the bank with exclamations of stench,
but I bend to touch the bodies anyway,
as if I'd hear ghost whispers

telling me how to come back
again and again, how to glimmer,
flash like ember-red roe in the eddies.

         Meditation on Sitkoh Creek
         Sierra Golden
         The Smoking Poet, 2013