The Friday Harbor Arts Commission shares news about the return of their poetry garden contest.
San Juan County residents of all ages are encouraged to enter the 2023 Poetry Garden contest being held now through Oct. 31, sponsored by the Town of Friday Harbor and the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. Winning entries will be announced in February. Engravings of the 30 winning poems will replace the original winners on display since spring 2020 in poetry gardens throughout the town, and a book of the poems will be published for limited distribution.
Entrants are required to reside within the county. Winners in adult and student divisions will be determined by Claudia Castro Luna, past Washington State Poet Laureate and Seattle Civic Poet. Further details may be found on the Town website or by emailing the Friday Harbor Arts Commission.
Entries should be mailed to Poetry Garden Contest c/o Town of Friday Harbor, P.O. Box 219, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or delivered to Town Hall at 60 Second St. There is no entry fee.
The Town of Friday Harbor and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission are partnering with a committee of local citizens for the second time to bring this contest and poetry installation to the community. The Town and FHAC appreciate the continued support of poetry garden site owners San Juan Community Theatre, Mullis Community Senior Center, the Port of Friday Harbor, and the U.S. Post Office. Copies of the book of 2020 Poetry Garden Contest winners are available at Town Hall.