Victory Schouten honored by poets with Faith Beamer Cooke Award

Washington Poets Association President Paul Nelson presented the 2008 Faith Beamer Cooke Award to Whidbey Island poet Victory Lee Schouten.

  • Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:17am
  • Life

Washington Poets Association President Paul Nelson presented the 2008 Faith Beamer Cooke Award to Whidbey Island poet Victory Lee Schouten.

The presentation was made at the recent Burning Word poetry festival at Greenbank Farm.

Nelson said that for years, the Washington Poets Association had an annual convention that had become, by some accounts, a poorly-attended and uninspiring affair.

“A couple of board members had a better idea and because of that, you are here today at the fifth iteration of what their idea was, the Burning Word Festival,” Nelson said.

Schouten’s dedication, he said, went above the normal call and that she took the poet Anne Waldman’s famous words — “a vow to poetry” — seriously to heart.

Among all the many volunteers and sponsors needed to make the festival a success, one person more than any other, said Nelson, ends up putting her own stamp on the festival year after year.

“She is the person, I believe, that makes this festival what it is; a vibrant weekend of poetry infused with a diverse array of aesthetics and strong sense of what a literary community can be,” Nelson said.

The Faith Beamer Cooke Award was given to Schouten because of her strong commitment of service to the Washington state poetry community.

Originally from Central Washington’s Yakima Valley, Schouten has made her home on Whidbey Island for the past 19 years. While both places strongly inform her poetry, it is the human experiences that imbue her work with the warmth and insights for which she is known.

Long engaged in serving poetry and community, Schouten has served two terms as vice president and two terms as president of the Washington Poets Association.

Schouten’s work has appeared in a number of anthologies and she has recorded two spoken word CDs, “Selections from Wolf Love” and “Here to Have Words with You.”

She has published two poetry chapbooks, “Wolf Love” and “Snapshots from a Moving Life.”

Schouten has been a featured reader at Seattle’s Frye Museum, at Tacoma’s “Distinguished Writers Series” and at many other regional venues.

More in Life

Music captures marvel of Boeing’s bygone days

Langley concert features two orchestras and one really big piano

Cynthia Tilkin celebrates milestone with surprising number of admirers

‘The dynamo is still going strong at age 80’

Spring is here. Officially.

Hello sun, sailing, flowers, fun, warm dirt and higher temperatures

Couple brings New Zealand backpack brand to Whidbey

Distributors leap from buying outdoor gear to selling it

Whidbey birds winging it at Clyde Theatre

Johnsons’ new film debuts March 24, 31

Whidbey Homeless Coalition Spring Fling set for March 23

Annual fundraiser features taco meal, live music, auction, dessert dash

‘Aging in Comfort’ to be presented March 27 by Island Senior Resources

Resource Fair to discuss Medicare, social security, caregiving and hospice

Crystal Aguilar, owner and founder of Whidbey Waiter, makes a delivery at a Coupeville office. Her business also delivers groceries, flowers, takes trash to the dump and makes Costco runs for its customers. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group
New service aims to deliver convenience

Crystal Aguilar is here to serve Whidbey — literally. She and her… Continue reading

Whidbey will revel in all things Irish this weekend

Shamrocks, shenanigans, corned beef , colcannon and more

Langley visitors get a glimpse of Hank Nelson’s artistry

‘Use your imagination and don’t be in a rush to ascertain what you see’

On March 16, David Ossman and Judith Walcutt will present “Not Insane! 2020,” a comedy show with local musicians. Ossman is expected to announce his candidacy for vice president of the United States. All $20 ticket sales benefit South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers. The show is at Langley’s Clyde Theatre at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)
Hearts & Hammers fundraising benefits rescheduled

The volunteer kickoff spaghetti dinner for South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers has… Continue reading

Outcast Productions announces lineup for its ninth season

Outcast Productions has announced plays it will perform during its ninth season.… Continue reading