two poetry fundraisers

June 23, 2020

Two poetry organizations that are vital to Cascadia and to the wider world are holding virtual fundraising events and hope you will participate.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 6:00pm Pacific, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation presents Poemed and Uplifted, featuring poets Tony Curtis, Daemond Arrindell, Octavia Prosser, Olivia Elias, and Lucy Shainin. NOTE: “Due to a regional internet upload outage, we were unable to stream our live event. Thank you for your patience and I hope you will tune in on Sunday, June 28th at 6 PM for a re-broadcast of this event.”

Next Tuesday, June 30, at 5:00pm Pacific, Copper Canyon Press presents For the Future of Poetry, featuring Ellen Bass, Arthur Sze, and Jericho Brown, along with Editor-in-Chief Michael Wiegers.

Your generosity, in any amount, will be gratefully accepted.

poetry contest

September 14, 2015

Skagit River Poetry

The Skagit River Poetry Foundation has announced its second biennial Phyllis L. Ennes Poetry Contest, honoring the late, passionate arts supporter from Anacortes. The contest is open to all Pacific Northwest poets, of all ages, writing in all poetic forms. There are separate categories for adult and student submissions, with a $500 award to the first place adult winner and a $100 award to the first place student winner.

Winning poems will be published in the Skagit River Poetry Festival anthology, and winners will be included in the lineup of the ninth biennial festival, May 19-22, 2016, in La Conner. The contest judge will be esteemed Copper Canyon Press editor Michael Wiegers.

Interested poets can submit three previously unpublished poems in a single Word document to skagitcontest@gmail.com. Include your name, home address, email address, and phone number. There is a blind* reading fee of $15 for each three-poem submission. Checks can be made payable to the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. The address is P.O. Box 238, La Conner, WA 98257. The submission deadline is December 15, 2015. Winners will be announced in April 2016.

*Ed. note: blind reading suggests that the poet’s name and contact information should be included in the cover letter but NOT appear on the poem.

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