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Austin International Poetry Festival, April 9-12, 2015

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About the Festival 

Poets from around the world visit Austin every April to attend the Austin International Poetry Festival.  AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.  

The festival includes over twenty unique Austin venues, 30 diverse themed poetry readings, ten plus open mics, ten plus workshops, five music and poetry events, a complete anthology reading, all-night open mic, poet symposium, and a printed poetry anthology competition featuring the winning submissions. The Di-vêrsé-city Anthology competition is open to everyone.  AIPF has hosted poets from over 40 countries.  Each festival features select poets from the following categories:  International, National, State, and Austin.

Youth activities are available for K-12 students to learn and improve their poetry skills.  Registration is free for K-12 students.  Youth activities include an anthology competition, anthology reading, grade specific readings, two workshops, and printed anthologies.   

What’s New?

ANTHOLOGY Thank you to everyone who submitted poetry into this year's AIPF Di-vêrsé-city Anthology. We were amazed by the amount of talent, truth, and soul that was offered up for consideration this year. Sadly, we could not choose every poem, so if you were not published this year, please do submit to AIPF again. Click here to see the list of superb poets who were selected for the 2015 AIPF Di-vêrsé-city Anthology!

EDUCATION PAGE There is now an education page with articles on poetry. Click here or scroll down to the Education page under Resources.

Mission Statement 

Austin Poets International promotes literary excellence by uniting poets from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through the power of written and spoken word.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.