Photo credit: Albert O. Fischer

Meet the Fleet

Mark and Molly Conole recently attended the Meet the Fleet event on the Menemsha waterfront (August 4, 2022). Menemsha is a small fishing village on the western end of Martha’s Vineyard. Mark read a poem and the two together sang maritime songs while on the stern of the steel fishing boat Martha Elizabeth.

The Annual FisherPoets Gathering

The annual FisherPoets Gathering is a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in Astoria, Oregon. Since 1998, fisherpoets, performers, and their fans have gathered on the last February weekend to host their cultural reunion through poetry, prose, and song.

In 2021, Mark attended the event virtually on February 25. He was the show opener.  You can watch the show on YouTube by clicking this link.

This was Mark’s sixth year as a contributor. He sang an original song: Fisherman’s Love Song.

Usually the poets and storytellers gather in Astoria’s pubs, galleries, restaurants, and other venues. It is truly an amazing event.

Fisherpoets Gathering received national and international media fame since its inception.

Check out the FisherPoetry Podcast!

Mark Performing at the 2018 FisherPoets Gathering. He sings the song Fishing Boat Sarah for the first time. In 2019 Mark came out with his CD: With the Fishes with the song. You can hear it here by clicking this link.
You can hear a live version of this song, sung at the Edgartown Whaling Church on Martha’s Vineyard. Visit this YouTube link. The song includes a photo essay of photographs Mark has taken through the years aboard local fishing boats.