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It used to be called The Last Frontier. Even nowadays this magical piece of land speaks to the imagination. It is immensely big and incredibly diverse with huge mountains, wide rivers and vast forested regions. Tonight we discover more about the United States of America’s 49th State, Alaska. For this very special talk we invited Jen Pickett, who has lived and worked there for a long time. And her story is just awesome.
Jen Pickett is an (ex) commercial fisherman. She spent just North of two decades in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry chasing herring, halibut and salmon. She fished alone on the Copper River Delta, one of Alaska’s most dangerous waters where she encountered storms, breakers, break-downs, rip-ups, sharks and a near miss with a cruise ship aboard her 8.5m boat while occasionally catching a few salmon. She has been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, PBS (http://to.pbs.org/2k64DcI), The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/2BnA5dO) to name a few. Her work can be found at inthetote.com, pickfishtales.com and www.fisherpoets.org/.
When she wasn’t fishing or finding work as a guide in Alaska, she was off traveling (35 countries and counting). Her passion for travel is what lead her here to Brussels, to earn a PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, writing about her adventures at sea, and performing at the Fisherpoets Gathering.
Come for an evening of photos, stories, a fish poem or two and fish-tales, some of which might even be true! Have you ever wondered about fishing in Alaska? Hiking with bears? How real are those Alaska fishing reality shows? Why does wild salmon taste so good? What it’s like cooking in rough seas? What to wear on a fishing boat? How Alaskans sleep when it never gets dark? How one women survived 20 years in a male dominated profession? The best recipes for salmon? Bring your questions, ask a fisherman!
For this evening we would like to welcome you with coffee, tea, water or juice, and afterwards you are invited to help yourself to another drink (soft, wine) and some salty snacks.
We are meeting in the Expat Club offices in The Louise Center on Avenue Louise 279. You are welcome from 19h00, but we actually start at 19h30. Trams 93 and 94, bus 38 and 60, Vleurgat/Louise stop. And just a 5-8 minutes walking from tram 7 and 81, and bus 54 if you get off at Avenue Louise. The entrance is right across the tramstop.