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.
Austin Poets International’s three program activities are the Austin International Poetry Festival, di-vêrsé-city Anthology, and Youth Education. 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.
The Austin International Poetry Festival is also known as AIPF. We have just completed our 23rd festival and have already started planning the 24th festival. The festival includes unique Austin venues, diverse themed poetry readings, open mics, workshops, music & poetry, anthology reading, dusk to dawn, and poetry symposium. AIPF has hosted poets from over 45 countries across the globe.
Di-vêrsé-city is the annual anthology published by API and released during the festival. Each festival registrant receives three entries for the anthology competition for all poems submitted for publication which culminate with cash prizes and the Christina Sergeyevna Awards Ceremony during AIPF. Congratulations to Lu Streeter, Marcie Eanes, Chuck Wemple, and DaRell for their winning submissions in our most recent publication.
Youth Education teaches valuable skills for K-12 students to learn and improve their poetry. Registration is always free for K-12 students. Activities include a youth anthology competition with cash prizes and awards, printed youth anthology, anthology reading, themed readings, workshops, and a slam.