11th Biennial

Skagit River Poetry Festival

October 6-8, 2022

Schedule on Festival Schedule page


It’s a remarkable lineup that includes

 Ray Young Bear, Terrance Hayes, Samiya Bashir, Karen Solie, Austin Smith, Lorna Crozier, Rena Priest

Sasha taqwšəblu LaPointe, Claudia Castro Luna, Javier Zamora,
Joe Wilkins, Samar Abulhassan + 25 others!

We are very excited to announce that Jane Hirshfield will be featured on Saturday, October 8th.

We are sad to announce that Ellen Bass will not be attending 

Tickets on sale August 8 through Eventbrite


Please note that we will follow all current CDC and Skagit County Health Department  COVID-19 guidelines

Masks will be encouraged at all indoor, non-eating sessions

Festival Poster, When We Were Birds, Kris Ekstrand artist, title taken from  a poem by festival poet, Joe Wilkins



Since 1998, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation has trained teachers using professional poets to help build literacy skills in our classrooms.

During 120 days, in more than 100 classrooms and in eight school districts students have found their voices and built literacy skills with poetry.

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Inspire with the Skagit River Poetry Foundation Festival 2016!


Poets Change Lives – Kid’s Quotes:

  • He helped me see inside myself.
  • She helped me recognize what’s important to me.
  • I was able to dig deeper into myself.
  • I gained a new perspective on how I view others.
  • It helps me look outside the box to find new solutions to problems.
  • It opens my mind and lets me express myself wholly.

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Transform with the Skagit River Poetry Foundation Festival 2016!


Former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass holds up a book with 300 students in the audience and says, “Is Quinn here? Listen to this.”

He reads her poem and announces:
“I wish I had written that!”

This was a gift a Pulitzer Prize winner gave her. Magic happens.

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