AIPF was founded in 1992 as an Internationally-flavored Festival, was and is a distinctively home-grown, non-juried, all participatory event wherein any registered poet can read their work and listen to the works of other poets, encouraging an appreciation for poetry beyond one’s own genre. The festival has grown from a group of loose-knit volunteers to an organization with a governing board and committees.
Youth poetry was added in 2004 which encourages parents and teachers to gather poetry from creative students and submit their work to AIPF to compete for possible inclusion/publication in the annual Youth Anthology. Two professionally-done annual Anthologies, di-verse-city, are produced each year, one for adult poetry and one for youth poetry. The Anthologies allow poets an opportunity to take pride in participating with other poets where their work may be published in a widely-read and distributed publication. In 2009 a youth slam was added to the festival.
The more popular events at the festival are: the outreach performances at retirement centers and schools; the Anthology launch readings; performances by noteworthy musicians and a world-class storyteller as well as poets writing in every genre; workshop panel of experts, and the local City Reads. Another recent addition to the festival has been the Haiku Death Match competition. This is in addition to the haiku open mic.
The festival has had a long partnership with many other creative organizations, schools and businesses each year. Our goal is to host not only the largest non-juried poetry festival in the world, but the most prestigious poetry festival in the nation.
A grateful and special thanks to API Founders: Festival Thom, Herman M. Nelson, John Berry, and Sue Littleton.