Celebration of the Salish Sea from Artists and Authors

Aerial view of wooded islands in the Salish Sea

Thursday, June 10, 2021
4:00-5:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)




Check out this video to watch the Celebration of the Salish Sea from Artists and Authors.

Brought to you by the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Have you ever fallen in love with a place? How do you care for our homewaters? How do you sustain hope in trying times? Join us to open your hearts to the Salish Sea through poetry and story. Together we’ll celebrate this special place and commit to collective action for the future. 

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Rena Priest

Rena Priest


An enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Rena Priest is Washington State's poet laureate for the term April 2021-2023. Priest’s debut collection, Patriarchy Blues, was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. Her second collection, Sublime Subliminal, is available from Floating Bridge Press. Priest is the recipient of a 2020 National Geographic Society Explorer Collaboration Grant, a Vadon Foundation Fellowship, and an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey


Elin Kelsey, Ph.D. is a scholar, author and passionate leader in the evidence-based hope and climate change and environmental solutions movement. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books in 2020. Her influence can be seen in the hopeful, solutions-focus of her clients, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and other powerful institutions where she has served as a visiting fellow including the Rachel Carson Center for the Environment and Society, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Stanford University in the Graduate School of Education. Learn more about Elin.

David Williams

David B. Williams


David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose new book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, is now available. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum. Follow him on Twitter @geologywriter.

Questions and Accommodations

Ruth Musonda is the contact person for this event. Feel free to email Ruth.Musonda@wwu.edu if you have any questions or comments.
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