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.
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-Verse-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. Youth Feature Poet reads at Special Poetry Reading.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.