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Welcome to Austin, Texas!

Home of Austin International Poetry Festival, North America's largest urban bat population, University of Texas, Live Music Capital of the World, Lady Bird Lake, 300 days of sunshine a year, Infamous 6th Street, Barton Springs Pool, Cold Beer, Brisket, and too much more for a list.

Poets from around the world, country, and all of Texas gather for four days of live performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival in April of every year.  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 readings by featured and registered poets from across the globe, ten open mic opportunities, ten workshops for youth and adults, five music and poetry events, 2 complete anthology readings, an all-night open mic, a poet symposium, and printed poetry anthologies featuring contest-winning submissions.

AIPF has hosted poets from China, Russia, Canada, Singapore, Nigeria, Australia, United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel, Belarus, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and many other countries.  Each festival features poets from the following categories:  International, National, State, and Austin.

We look forward to seeing you at the next festival in April 2015.

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com