• Mark Doty
  • Kwame Dawes with Jefferson Rose Band
  • Derek Sheffield
  • Emily Warn
  • Festival Workshops
  • Students sharing poetry
  • Fritha Strand-Davern paints to poetry
  • Tim McNulty
  • Sherman Alexie
  • The Jefferson Rose Band
  • Tony Curtis in Schools
  • Red Pine
  • Oliver de la Paz
  • Robert Hass
  • Paul Hunter and Rachel Rose in session with students
  • Patrick Lane
  • Students read at open mic
  • Tom Robbins
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Jericho Brown
  • Oliver de la Paz
  • Kurtis Lamkin in schools
  • Matt Gano and students
  • Students at 2014 festival

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.

Please consider “A Gift of Poetry”  to
Skagit River Poetry Foundation.

Please CLICK HERE to donate.

2nd Biennial Phyllis L. Ennes Poetry Contest


Many thanks to the dozens of poets who submitted poems to the 2nd Biennial Phyllis L Ennes Poetry Contest!

The winners will be announced by April.

A student and an adult will be chosen this year.

These poets will be part of the lineup at the 9th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival May 19- 22, 2016 in La Conner, Washington.


This contest honors the Anacortes native Phyllis L. Ennes who for decades dedicated her life to literacy and the arts for students and the community.