• 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.


Skagit Day of Giving
December 1, 2015



Because of you Jourdan Keith, poet and environmentalist spent time at Mount Vernon High School and visited the Poetic Justice class at SVC.   Because of you, storyteller Will Hornyak kept Edison Elementary students spellbound.  Because of you Naomi Shihab Nye and 20 other remarkable poets will visit La Conner during the 9th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival, May 19-22, 2016.
Because of YOU 

Support local on December 1, #SkagitGivingTuesday


Skagit River Poetry Foundation
The 2nd Biennial Phyllis L. Ennes Poetry Contest

Phyllis 2008

Open to all Pacific Northwest poets: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, Canada
Contest Judge, Michael Wiegers, editor Copper Canyon Press,

Port Townsend, Washington

Submit three previously unpublished poems on a Word document via email to: skagitcontest@gmail.com
Include contact information
¥    Name
¥    Home address
¥    Email address
¥    Phone

Blind Reading fee $15 for each three poem submission:
Unlimited submissions
Adult and student categories.  Students can submit for free.  Please include your school on your submission.

Make checks payable SRPF
PO Box 238
La Conner, WA 98257

Due Date: December 15, 2015 5 PM
Winners announced by April, 2016
Selected poems published in Skagit River Poetry Festival Poets’ Anthology/broadsides
Selected poets invited to be included in lineup at 9th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival,
La Conner, WA, May 19-22, 2016
For more information contact Molly McNulty at directorsrpp@gmail.com
$500 cash award to 1st Place winner
$100 cash award to 1st Place student winner