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.

Skagit River Poetry FoundationBlimey, but St. Patrick’s Day seems a long way off. Still, if you’re wantin’ to grab tickets for this high-spirited performance and benefit for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, you’d not delay, lads and lassies.

Expect laughter and lilting music of both the literary and instrumental variety when award-winning Oregon author Brian Doyle joins Ireland’s beloved Tony Curtis and the Seattle-area Celtic band The Fire Inside for a St. Patrick’s celebration at the Lincoln Theatre on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Sponsoring the evening is the Skagit River Poetry Foundation, dedicated to enhancing literacy and the appreciation of writing throughout our Northwest communities. The foundation will host a pre-concert fund-raising reception and book signing, 5:30-7 p.m., at The Trumpeter Public House, 416 Myrtle Street in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Doyle, who describes himself as a “hirsute shambling shuffling mumbling grumbling muttering muddled maundering meandering male being,” will headline the main event, which starts at 7:30 at the Lincoln Theater, 712 First Street in Mount Vernon. Editor of Portland Magazine, the University of Portland’s award-winning quarterly, Doyle is well-known as a colorful, insightful essayist, poet, and short story writer.

Dublin’s beloved Tony Curtis, winner of Ireland’s National Poetry Prize and one of the most ​popular poets in his country, is a mesmerizing showman and poet. The lyrical writer and musical performer is the author of six warmly received collections of poetry, including The Well in the Rain: New and Selected Poems. His work as a Skagit River Poetry Foundation poet-in-residence has charmed young students throughout the Northwest.

Adding Celtic kick to the evening will be the popular band The Fire Inside. The group performs smoldering Celtic music with heel-clicking intensity, drawing from traditional and trend-setting influences. Instruments in play include fiddle, uilleann pipes, bodhran, whistles, guitar, concertina, mandolin, and vocals.

Reserved tickets for the main event are $30 general admission, $17 for students. Tickets for the fundraising reception, which includes appetizers and drinks, are $50, or $75 for both reception and main event. All tickets are available through the Lincoln Theatre. You can also call the ticket office at 360-336-8955.

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