Skagit River Poetry Festival 2015 will move you!

Top poets from around the world share their ideas and their work in one of the largest literary festivals on the West Coast.and the Skagit River Poetry Festival will move you!  Top poets from around the world share their ideas and their work in one of the largest literary festivals on the West Coast.

Name 5 of the top events to see at the Skagit River Poetry Festival:

We will announce our exciting new lineup in October.

Your top 5 best words to describe Skagit River Poetry Festival?:

Magical. Provocative. Inspiring. Educational. Entertaining.

What type of festival is it? (festival genre): Culture fest

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation
PO Box 238
La Conner, WA 98257

Address of festival:
Various venues in the quaint seaside town of La Conner, Washington, USA
La Conner, Washington, 98257
United States

2015 Dates

MARCH 17, 2015  SAVE THE DATE~ Historic Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon

 St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Celebration

With Mink River author Brian Doyle, Dublin poet Tony Curtis and Celtic band, The Fire Inside

Join Skagit River Poetry Foundation for an evening of Irish poetry and music with theMink River author Brian Doyle, Dublin poet Tony Curtis and Seattle Celtic band The Fire Inside

  • Reception and book signing at Trumpeter Public House: Appetizers and beverages
  • 416 Myrtle Street, 5:30-7:00 pm
  • Main Event: Lincoln Theatre, 7:30-10:30 pm

  • Purchase your Tickets Lincoln Theatre  Online:
  • Purchase by phone: 360-336-8955  Also available at the door
  • Ticket prices:
  • Reception including Main Event:  $75
  • Main Event: Adult $30, Students $17

2014 Festival / event start dates:

5/15/2014 to 5/18/2014

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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 communities.

Welcome to the Skagit River Poetry Foundation
Imagine: It is May in La Conner, Washington. Downtown streets are filled with high school students chattering, comparing notes, and deciding whom to see next. They are not talking about last week’s date or ball game; they are discussing poetry. And why not? Since September, their teachers and their Skagit River Poetry Foundation resident poets have prepared them for this day.

U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins uses the scoreboard in the La Conner High School gym to create an impromptu haiku and in the intimate upstairs mezzanine of the Next Chapter Bookstore he discusses poetry with area high school seniors. Jimmy Santiago Baca, National Hispanic Heritage Award winning poet and HBO scriptwriter, tells stories of dead bodies in car trunks and his experiences with inmates in Southwest prisons. Ekiwah Adler-Belendez, an eighteen-year-old Mexican-born poet with cerebral palsy, agrees to sing one of his poems if a Mount Vernon High School musician/poet will accompany him.

This is magic, this poetry we hear and make in our Poets in the Schools program and at the biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival. The organization’s board, made up of school and community volunteers, has honed activities that infuse diverse voices into area classrooms from September through May. We bring poetic voices to our rural community that reflect diverse multi-ethnic and multi-generational populations, viewpoints, and history.

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, took root in 1998, the result of a conversation between leaders from seven rural school districts in Skagit County, Washington. These leaders hoped to create a project that would support our high literacy standards with the arts; poetry was the natural vehicle. From 1998 to the present, more than 50 Skagit County teachers a year have hosted resident poets. More than 400,000 students have had the experience of playing with words while reading and writing poetry one-on-one with experts. Our professional poets have modeled instructional strategies for teachers and prepared a bank of poetry lessons.

The culminating event for this in-class work is the biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival, which started in 2000 and is held every other May. Dates for the next festival are May 15-18.

Board Members

Molly McNulty

Bobbi Krebs-McMullen

Kathy Willins

Linda Talman

Terri Bakke-Schultz

Sherry Chavers

Joan Cross

Gail Davern

Steven Dolmatz

Heidi Herder

Georgia Johnson

Charles Luckmann

Mary Lynn Lyke

Robert Rose

Sharon Sackett

Eric Bowen, Treasurer

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