11th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival in 2022

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation will bring you a remarkable lineup of poets when it is safe to gather.

Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Li-Young Lee, Ray Young Bear, Terrance Hayes, Samiya Bashir,
Joe Wilkins, Samar Abulhassan + 25 others!

The Festival will happen October, 2022.

Folk: Farmers, Fishers & Foresters

NEWS FLASH! October Auction Rescheduled for May 2022! Tony will still be coming, but not until Spring! Join Irish troubadour Tony Curtis for an evening of fundraising to celebrate our rich Skagit heritage. Bertelsen Winery. Live and silent auction, raffles, raise a paddle for kids and the popular Dessert Dash! to support our mission.

George Hanson, Mount Vernon, 1919

Farm to table hearty appetizers by La Conner’s own Chef Josh Van Hine, drinks, music with Jan Peters and poetry will fill this fun-filled evening.

Join us!

Buy your Early Bird tickets NOW and until April, 30th to save and get a chance to win one of our themed raffle baskets.

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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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