Stories at Latitude 56:  September 20, 2015

KIRSTEN BALTZ was born and raised in a Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea (Homer, AK).  She spent 18 years there, growing up in the most cliché Alaskan way.  As soon as she was old enough to bait a hook she spent her summers commercial long-lining with her dad.  Life eventually took her to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she learned a lot about the more scientific side of fish and that life without the fresh sea air is no life at all. She moved to Ketchikan in 2011 where she discovered her love for roller derby and rainy weather.

REBECCA BOWLEN”s foray into storytelling and poetry began as a child in southeastern Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi and Wapsipinicon Rivers.  Her desire to see a bit of the world took her to Europe and then to West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Rebecca has been teaching for nearly thirty years and now calls this quirky little town in Alaska home.

MATT EISENHOWER is a graduate of Geneva College with a B.S. in Human Biology, an advanced degree in Cardiovascular Technology, and a Masters of Divinity degree from Northeastern Seminary. He and his three boys love the outdoors, especially sport fishing  and exploring the inside waters. Matt serves currently as Director of Foundation and Community Health Development at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

DANA FITZPATRICK  was born and raised in the cold tundra of Minnesota.  Two years ago she and her husband re-assessed their life—two careers, young children and too many meals on the go. . . after some deep reflection they picked up and moved to Ketchikan where they have found a wonderful lifestyle—great community, vibrant arts scene and ample opportunities to almost catch fish. Dana is married to a dashing, young man and together they have four children, a newfie and a fish.  She currently works in healthcare administration and moonlights occasionally as a theater director and choreographer. She is best described as “tall” but also sometimes sarcastic and goofy. And beautiful.  Smart?  did we say that?  Yeah. That too.