An Afternoon of Poetry and Music

An Afternoon of Poetry and Music

Enjoy the poetry of Sam Green (Waldron Island) and of Tony Curtis (Dublin, Ireland) on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 13th, at the Guemes Island Community Church, at 2:00 p.m.


The afternoon is sponsored by the Skagit River Poetry Foundation.  Anne McCracken is organizing the event on our island.  The Foundation puts poets in the seven school districts in Skagit County and sponsors the biennial Northwest Poetry Festival.  Donations to the Skagit River Poetry Foundation are optional and appreciated.  Everyone is welcome.  There will be classical and jazz piano interludes by Karen Lamphere.  Refreshments will be served.


Samuel Green, author of numerous poetry collections, was the inaugural poet laureate for Washington State from 2007 to 2009.  He is scheduled to give the commencement address for the Graduate School at Seattle University and will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree at that time.  Dublin poet, Tony Curtis, was awarded the Irish National Poetry Prize and is a member of Aosda’na, the Irish Academy of the Arts.   Tony’s latest book is Approximately in the Key of C.


Sam Green’s poetry engages the Pacific Northwest landscape with accessible, elemental observations of life’s small turns.  He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Washington State Book Award winner, The Grace of Necessity.


Dublin’s beloved Tony Curtis 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. Curtis, awarded Ireland’s National Poetry Prize, is one of the most popular poets in his country.


Writing about Tony Curtis’ Approximately in the Key of C, Sam Green says “This is a deft title.  Tony Curtis lifts his voice away from the expected and sings in a key that demonstrates, once again, that he is his own man.  However, there is nothing approximate in his use of language, which is always, note for note, playful, funny, and deeply serious; these poems find the music that makes us most human.”