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.
1998 – Today



MAY 17-20, 2018

10th Biennial

Skagit River Poetry Festival

We welcome Robert Pinsky, Ada Limon, Ellen Bass, Dan Gerber, Robert Wrigley

and 25 other remarkable poets

Full lineup to be announced soon.


The 3rd Biennial Phyllis L. Ennes

Poetry Contest

Open to all Pacific Northwest poets: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, Canada
Contest Judge, Samuel Green, Former Washington State Poet Laureate
Selected poem published in Skagit River Poetry Festival Poets’ Anthology/broadsides
Selected poets invited to be included in lineup at 10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival,
La Conner, WA May 17-20, 2018
Submit three previously unpublished poems on a Word document (not a pdf) via email to:
Include contact information on a separate Word Doc from the poetry submissions
• Name & Title of poems
• Home address
• Email address
• Phone
Each submission will be assigned an anonymous number. No name will go to the judge.
Blind Reading fee $20 for each three poem submission:
Make checks payable SRPF and mail to:
PO Box 238
La Conner, WA 98257
Unlimited submissions
Adult and student categories. Submission fee waived for students. Please note school on submission

Due Date: December 15, 2017 5 PM
For more information contact Molly McNulty:
$500 cash award to 1st Place winner
$100 cash award to 1st Place student winner



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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