Skagit River Poetry Festival's return offers delights

Poetry lovers serenaded


October 12, 2022

Ken Stern

SINGING HER POEM – Katherine Paul performed at "Welcome to Indian Country: A Reading to celebrate our First Nation Roots," the Thursday night opening of last week's 11th biennial Skagit River Poetry Festival. Paul, of the band Black Belt Eagle Scout, sang "We will always sing," a line in her song "Don't Give Up."

Early morning fog and mist lent a magical twist Thursday to streams of students hauling books from the old to the new La Conner Swinomish Library. The rumble of wheels along Morris Street from carts packed with books began three days of magic – the spell of the written word. Though not part of the Skagit River Poetry Festival itself, it seemed a fitting start.

The festival, canceled twice due to COVID-19, brought in dozens of poets from as far away as Argentina and Scotland, hundreds of students from eight local school districts and dozens of volunteers needed to coordinate the kickoff dinner...

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