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Episode 21. Rena Priest – I Sing the Salmon Home

In this episode, Annika Fain interviews Rena Priest. Rena Priest is an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She served two years as Washington State’s 6th Poet Laureate (2021-2023). Her work has been recognized with awards and fellowships from the Allied Arts Foundation, Academy of American Poets, Indigenous Nations Poets, University of Washington Libraries, and Nia Tero. She is the author of three books and editor of two anthologies, including I Sing the Salmon Home: Poems from Washington State. Learn more at