We were very sad to see that Patti Pattee of Watermark Book Company in Anacortes is turning a final page on the bookselling business. But there’s still hope for the independent bookstore: YOU! If owning a bookstore is on your bucket list, this could be your chance. See Pattee’s letter on NW Book Lovers and visit Watermark online or, better yet, in person.

Go Fund Addi

May 4, 2017

Back in March, we announced that Addi Garner, a junior at Anacortes High School, was the Washington State winner of Poetry Out Loud. (She also took first place in the Oratory/Persuasive Speaking event at the Washington State Debate Competition.) Last weekend, we had the good fortune to meet Addi and hear her recite two poems from her collection of memorized favorites. Impressive!

Accepted by Brown University to attend a month-long summer program for outstanding high school students, Addi Garner is now hoping to generate financial support that will allow her to participate. Every bit helps. Visit Addi’s Summer @ Brown University and help this young writer on her way.

Today!

April 30, 2017


You are invited to join Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and poets Luther Allen, Jim Bertolino, Michael Daley, J.I. Kleinberg, and Nancy Pagh as they present selections from Washington 129, today at 2:00pm at the Anacortes Public Library. Washington state Poetry Out Loud champ Addi Garner will also recite and read a poem.

As a bonus, today is the last official day of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, so allow some extra time for flower viewing.

full steam ahead

August 7, 2015

Anacortes Art Festival

It seems like just the other day we mentioned steamroller printing. Hard to believe, but there will be two steamrollers in action this weekend: one at the Steamroller Smackdown in Seattle (today, Friday, August 7, 2-8pm) and another at the Anacortes Arts Festival.

In addition to the steamroller, the Anacortes Arts Festival includes 270 artist booths, music, food, a huge juried exhibition (Arts at the Port), and even some poetry (Nancy Pagh, Stephen Roxborough, Brian Strickland, J.I. Kleinberg) displayed alongside Skagit Artists Together Art at the Depot (opening Friday, August 7, 6-9pm).

More on the Anacortes Arts Festival website (including a downloadable program) and Facebook page, and on Anacortes Art. See you there!

Poetry Out Loud

March 23, 2015

Alex HanesworthOur congratulations to Alex Hanesworth, a junior from Anacortes High School, who is the Washington State Finalist in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Alex and other state winners will now advance to the semifinals, which will be webcast from Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 9:00am to 8:00pm EDT. The nine finalists will compete for the national title the following day. Read more about Alex Hanesworth in a (pre-state-finals) article in Go Anacortes.

writing about love…

January 24, 2014

The Subject is LoveWith Valentine’s Day here soon, Matthew Brouwer invites your participation in a one-day workshop: The Subject is Love: Writing about Love Romantic, Erotic, Neighborly and Divine.

Brouwer says, “we’ll explore how to write about love in all its myriad forms. From the ecstatic love poetry of Rumi and Hafiz to the fire of the sensual and erotic to the tough love we sometimes have to show family and friends, we’ll look at how to write with honesty, tenderness, and clarity about the people and things we care about most.”

The workshop will be held at Allied Arts in Bellingham, Washington, on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:30am-5:00pm. It is appropriate for writers of all genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) and all levels of experience. See more on Facebook and visit matthewbrouwerpoet.com for more details and to register.

Note: If you’re unable to attend the February 1 workshop, Matthew will offer it again on Saturday, February 8 in Anacortes. See registration page for information.

Ish River and the Anchor

December 5, 2013

Anchor Art Space, AnacortesEach year, during the dark months of winter, poets and friends gather for the Ish River Poets Circle in a tradition started by Robert Sund in the early 1980s.

The December gathering, on Sunday, December 15, 2013, 3:00-5:00pm, will feature poets Jane Alynn, Caleb Barber and Jennifer Bullis plus a musical intermission with Brad Killion and Jeff Winston. The poets will gather at Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, which has been transformed for the season into a holiday gift store filled with one-of-a-kind, affordable, unusual and highly crafted artwork.

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