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



The 10th Biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival was May 17-20, 2018. What a remarkable weekend! We are so grateful to our sponsors, donors, students, teachers, poets, volunteers, and local community for your support.



The 3rd Biennial Phyllis L. Ennes

Poetry Contest

Thank you to all poets who submitted poems.

The finalists are Michael Bonacci, Carla Homstad, Edith Walden and student poet, Jade Carter.





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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