Skagit River Poetry Festival postponed

Poets online, too, will be in schools


September 23, 2020

PROMOTING POETRY IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE – Student Poet Laureate Octavia Prosser, an Oak Harbor high school senior, does what poets do best: make the magic of poetry appear before the eyes of the public. She is chalking a Langston Hughes poem, a timely reminder that the past is never past. She copied and quoted “What happens to a dream deferred?” – Photo courtesy of Octavia Prosser

If you’re looking for poets next weekend, don’t come to Maple Hall.

Or the Methodist Church. Or the Seafood and Prime Rib House. Or the Tavern. Or the La Conner Country Inn. Or any of the usual haunts that would ordinarily be teeming with poets and poetry lovers.

With the Skagit River Poetry Festival postponed for at least a year, the only place you will find poets is in school.

Online, of course.

When schools closed unexpectedly last March, the Skagit River Poetry Foundation’s Poets in the Schools program quickly pivoted.

Instead of planning weeklong residencies, poets pre-recorded v...

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