honoring Robert Sund

November 21, 2019

The Empty Bowl Poetry Reading Series (fourth Fridays in Anacortes) will honor the life and work of Robert Sund this Friday, November 22, 2019, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse. Nice venue, good company, fine readers. Stop by.

next Friday in Anacortes

November 23, 2018

Enjoy a congenial evening in Anacortes at The Annual Celebration of the Poetry and Music of Robert Sund on Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:00pm, at Pelican Bay Books. Featured poets Georgia Johnson, Chip Hughes, Jeff Langlow, Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, and Costa Lavigne-Thomas, will be joined by musicians Jeff Winston and Brad Killion.

Friday in Anacortes

December 14, 2017

Join with other fine poets this Friday, December 15, 2017, at Pelican Bay Books & Coffeehouse in Anacortes, as friends of Robert Sund gather for an evening of poetry and music. Featured poets include Georgia Johnson, John Brooks, Jeff Langlow, Brad Killion, Jeff Winston, and more.

Robert Sund appreciation

July 11, 2016

A Flutter of Birds
A couple of months ago, we mentioned the new book, A Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper. This week, Frost and Piper and other contributors to the tribute volume will be reading at Village Books in Fairhaven (Bellingham). Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14, 2016, 7:00pm, and join in an appreciation of this Pacific Northwest legend. The reading is free and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

A Flutter of BirdsA Flutter of Birds Passing through Heaven: a Tribute to Robert Sund, edited by Allen Frost and Paul Piper, has just been published and is available from Amazon for $20. Local bookstores will stock it soon.

This book, a tribute to the Skagit poet Robert Sund, contains poetry, reminiscences, art, anecdotes, essays, photographs and more from over 35 contributors, and includes work by such luminaries as Robert Bly, Gary Snyder and our own Jim Bertolino.

Robert Sund was considered to be the informal poet laureate of Washington State for a number of years, and was truly a great poet of place. Keep an ear out (and watch the Calendar) for readings that will accompany the launch.

Read a review of A Flutter of Birds in the New York Journal of Books.

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.

a busy day for poetry…

November 10, 2013

Skagit River Poetry
Today, Sunday, November 10, 2013, is packed with options for the poetry-hungry. We have already mentioned Like a Planet: Poetry Writing Workshop taught by James Bertolino in conjunction with the Vanishing Ice exhibit at the Whatcom Museum. That’s from 1:00-5:00pm in Bellingham.

We’ve also mentioned SpeakEasy 12: Poetry of War, a reading in which poets reflect on the experience of war. That’s at 7:00pm in Bellingham.

Now add to the mix Ish River Poet’s Circle, happening today from 3:00-5:00pm at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. With featured poets Nancy Pagh, Kip Bisagna and Bob Skeele, this reading resumes a tradition started by poet Robert Sund in the 1980s: now and then, in the dark winter months, poets would gather to share their words with a small community of listeners. This is the first of this winter’s Poet’s Circle gatherings. (If you’ve attended before, please note the new location.)

You won’t be able to attend all three events, but we hope you’ll fill your day and evening with poetry by attending one or two.

poetry reading…

July 22, 2013

Robert Sund Poetry House readingRobert Sund Poetry House invites you to a Summer Poetry Reading at Anchor Art Space in Anacortes, 216 Commercial Avenue, on Friday, July 26, 2013 – 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Please come and enjoy music by Brad and Jeff and poetry by Jane Alynn, Michael Daley, Chip Hughes and Paul Hunter. All friends of Robert and poetry welcome!
$5 donation appreciated

poetry reading…

January 22, 2013

La Conner Civic Garden ClubRekindling a Tradition; Resuming a Conversation

On Sunday, February 3, 2013, the Ish River Poets’ Circle hosts the return of the “old guard.” Poets Tim McNulty, Finn Wilcox and Michael Daley have read together for 30 years. Holly Hughes has been associated with the group for the past ten years. Join them for poem swapping between good friends in the best tradition of Robert Sund’s poets’ circles of the 1980s.

3-5 p.m.
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second Street, La Conner
Suggested donation: $5

This is the last Poets’ Circle for this season. Gatherings will resume with the return of the dark months in November 2013. The Ish River Poets’ Circle is produced in collaboration with Skagit River Poetry Project and Robert Sund Poet’s House Trust.
Information: Ron Shrigley, 360-391-3225


January 6, 2013

La Conner Civic Garden Club

If you’re not planning to re-up your writer’s resolutions at Village Books this afternoon, drive on down to La Conner (watch for snow geese and white swans in the Skagit Valley fields along the way) for the Ish River Poets’ Circle. Presented in collaboration with Skagit River Poetry Project and The Robert Sund Poet’s House Trust, these winter poetry gatherings continue conversations begun by Robert Sund and friends 30 years ago in the dark months of the 1980s. With each gathering, the audience grows in this warm and literature-rich, poetry-friendly community.

Today’s Poets’ Circle, the third in this winter’s series of four, features readings and music by B.C. poets Rachel Rose, Renee Saklikar, Raoul Fernandes and Jen Currin. Held at 3:00pm at the Civic Garden Club, 622 S. Second St., La Conner. Suggested donation $5.

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