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.


The Festival (May 15 - 18) will need the help of good volunteers like you. Volunteers will be able to attend the festival free on the rest of the day on which they volunteer.

Tickets on Sale NOW!  Schedule is posted!!!!

Our May 15-18, 2014 Skagit River Poetry Festival lineup is guaranteed to inspire, entertain, and enlighten.

Kick-off night brings two of the Northwest’s most original thinkers, humorists, and writing dare-devils together on stage for the first time: Sherman Alexie, Native American poet, novelist, screenwriter, and stand-up comic; and novelist, poet, critic, and essayist Tom Robbins, described by one critic as one of the world’s most “dangerous writers.”

Over the four-day event, you’ll meet such literary luminaries as former  U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, National Book Award winner Mark Doty,  Jamaican born poet and musician Kwame Dawes,  and Native American artist and author  Elizabeth Woody.

The festival is an outgrowth of our dedication to expose youth to the joys of poetry. Every year, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation places poets in 200 classrooms, serving more than 10,000 students.  During the festival’s “Students Only Day” Friday, high school students interact one-on-one with festival poets. Saturday’s schedule and Sunday’s workshops are open to all poetry lovers, all ages.

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Since 1998, our non-profit has put top poets  in 3,000 classrooms, for 1,000 days, inspiring more than 400,000 students in the appreciation and creation of poetry.

“These master poets change students’ lives when they enter our area classrooms. They help students see inside themselves, help them find wonder in the world around them, lead them in the joy of discovering all that poetry makes possible.”

Molly McNulty, Executive Director