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Our Mission is to support lifelong literacy and cultural diversity through the writing, reading, performing,
and teaching of poetry in Northwest Washington schools and global communities.
1998 – Today



The October 1-4, 2020 Festival has been canceled but WILL be rescheduled.  We will see you when it is safe to gather in large groups.

In the coming months, we are planning virtual events that will get poetry to you.  We appreciate your generous support as we work through this difficult time. 

Yours with poetry,

Molly McNulty, Executive Director, Skagit River Poetry Foundation

Fresh Dispatch from Skagit River Poetry Foundation

In this time of things falling apart so that all things might be remade with thoughtful care, we want to be very clear what we know:
Black Lives Matter
Our world is more beautifully made right and true when every individual voice is heard, every body made space for. It has always been our mission that we reveal and promote the loving force of poetry to uplift in all times, including these dark moments.
Please stand with us and show your support wherever and whenever you are called.
When one of us is set back, we all witness and can bring about healing.


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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Poets Change Lives – Quotes from kids
He really 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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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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