Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins jumpstart Skagit River Poetry Festival


The eighth annual Skagit River Poetry Festival in La Conner kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 15, with Sherman Alexie and Tom Robbins swapping literary wit and wisdom on stage, after a feast of fine local food at the benefit Poet's Table dinner at La Conner Elementary School.

Through Sunday, Mary 18, such notable poets as Evelyn Lau, Robert Hass, Mark Doty, Elizabeth Woody and Kwame Dawes will read and discuss their art in venues throughout La Conner.

Sunday is a day for workshops with top poets. Details: 360-770-7184,

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