Poet and essayist Eva Saulitis worked for nearly thirty years as a marine biologist studying killer whales in Prince William Sound. The essay reprinted in this issue comes from her book Becoming Earth, which was published after her death. Her first book of essays is Leaving Resurrection, and her memoir is Into Great Silence. Her books of poetry are Many Ways to Say It and Prayer in Wind. Saulitis lived in Homer, Alaska, and Kapa’au, Hawaii.