Austin International Poetry Festival
September 27-30, 2012
Multiple Austin Venues
Admission - Free
Note: The Austin International Poetry Festival, now in its 20th year, has moved from April to September.
AIPF began in 1992 as the coordinated brainchild of four exremely talented local Austin poets - Herman Nelson, Thom Woodruff, Sue Littleton, and John Berry.
It has since grown into the largest non-juried poetry festival in the United States. What that means is that in addition to a handful of notable national and international poets that the festival features each year, any poet from anywhere can also secure a reading slot by following the registration process.
Or, as Walt Whitman would say:
Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.
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The readings take place over four days each year in September (the first 19 years, the festival ran in April, or National Poetry Month) across numerous venues, including coffee shops, bookstores, and college campuses.
In conjunction with the readings, AIPF also publishes a select anthology ( di-verse-city ) each year from among those submitted by registered festival poets. Additionally, awards are also given for the top 3 poems from each year's anthology along with a couple of runner-up honorable mentions.
[note: check the AIPF website for registration and anthology submission deadlines - they differ.]
Up Ended - Poem by Dillon McKinsey, a 2012 AIPF Featured Poet . . .
Each festival, AIPF features a number of notable international, national, regional, and local poets . In 2012, the featured poets are:
Austin International Poetry Festival readings and performances will take place at the following 24 local venues:
Austin Children's Museum
Austin History Center
Bahai'i Faith Center
Barnes & Noble Arboretum
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Brave New Books
Hot Mama's Cafe
Kickbutt Coffee - Triangle + Airport BLVD
The Long Center
Maria's Taco Xpress
South Austin Bar & Grill
Twin Oaks Library
Ventana Del Soul