Friday Harbor Poetry Gardens

Poetry is a way of seeing our world through another's mind. 

The Town of Friday Harbor's Poetry Gardens have been created as a way of bringing poetry into our daily experiences. The poems within were selected from a contest held for islanders of all ages living in the San Juan Islands. We hope you enjoy!

You will find the Poetry Gardens at:

  • Mullis Community Senior Center on Nash Street near the intersection with Caines Street
  • Reed Street beside the US Post Office
  • San Juan Community Theatre on Second Street at the intersection with Blair Avenue
  • Spring Street Landing at the Port of Friday Harbor below Downriggers


Enter our Poetry Garden Contest!

Poetry Garden 1Entries now being accepted for Friday Harbor Arts Commission’s second Poetry Garden Contest 

San Juan County residents of all ages are encouraged to enter the 2023 Poetry Garden contest being held now through October 31, 2022, sponsored by the Town of Friday Harbor and 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.  There is no entry fee.  Winners in adult and student divisions will be determined by past Washington State Poet Laureate and Seattle Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna.

Entries should be mailed to Poetry Garden Contest c/o Town of Friday Harbor, PO Box 219, Friday Harbor, WA 98250 or delivered to Town Hall at 60 Second Street by October 31, 2022..  

The Town of Friday Harbor and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) 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 US Post Office.  Copies of the book of 2020 Poetry Garden Contest winners are available at Town Hall.

Rules and details:  2023 Poetry Garden Contest information



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