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Salmon Life Haiku Contest Winners

Winners hail from across Alaska


Over 1,000 Alaskans, from Kotzebue to Petersburg and everywhere in between, submitted haikus in our 2016 Salmon Life Haiku Competition. The poems took us on journeys all around the state, sharing details about the places salmon hold in our hearts and our lives.


We were delighted that Donna Walker, First Lady of Alaska, was able to make the final judging decision - not an easy task!


"The entries were outstanding and the decision, very difficult. Collectively, the three winning entries cover subsistence, the joy of fishing and the extraordinary life of the salmon. It was a delight to read and reflect on each entry. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to the top three poets."  – Donna Walker


And so, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2016 Salmon Life Haiku Contest:


Third Place 
Reyne Athanas, Bethel

Nature pulls back home
Remembered journey reversed
Renewal and rest.


Second Place 
Susan Biggs, Soldotna
Eager to cast out,
I slip and cast myself in!
Wet, the fish laugh loud.


First Place 
Denali Whiting, Kotzebue
Scales on my ulu
Healthy salmon hang to dry
A tradition lives.


Want to explore more of the submitted haikus? Read all 1,000+ at www.salmonlife.org/haiku.


This year’s haiku contest might be over, but we would still love to see your salmon-inspired poems, photos and stories. Share them with us and other Alaskans by posting on social media with #SalmonLife or by emailing me at miriam@salmonproject.org.


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