Uplifting Lives with Art: 2024 Poetry Festival Artist

Anne Schreivogl next to our newly unveiled official poster at the LaConner Rotary meeting on January 29, 2024. Photo Credit: Cora Thomas

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation is proud to announce that the 2024 Skagit River Poetry Festival poster art is by Fidalgo Island artist, Anne Schreivogl.

Poetry Partnership and the Festival Poster

“It all started by going to the festivals,” as Anne explains her connection to the Foundation with a warm smile. Anne worked with the Foundation in 2018 and says, “why wouldn’t I get involved with the amount of care and thought that goes into your work at the Foundation, it’s evident. Then being asked to do the main poster for the festival, I connected immediately, it’s such an honor.” In the poster she celebrates the 2024 festival poets by painting a bright red tapestry of their names. A typewriter is in the foreground. “I often paint typewriters because I have an Underwood, and I like to do a little bit of writing.” There’s a small poem on the typewriter page that says, a bird is a poem with feathers.

A bird perches on the keys as though it pecked out the message. “The more I worked on it the more it became a tribute to the poets that have taken such risks to share their words and voices…I looked up their backgrounds and poems which are so diverse and it grew from there.” The scene captures the imagination with many details, even letters that spill over and spell out the word “poetry.” The poster sets the stage for the festival itself and invites people to “feel that magic that happens – that spark is always right there when I’ve attended the festivals,” Anne says. The festival is community driven, and not a stand alone event, the Foundation puts into action learning, literacy, and staying curious through poetry.                                                    

Original art for the poster. Titled: “A Bird is a Poem