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Austin International Poetry Festival’s 20th Anniversary

Austin will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Austin International Poetry Festival from September 27-30, all over Austin.

(Photo Credit: Poets Writers)

Organized by the Austin Poets International, Inc, a volunteer-based non-profit, the festival includes several live local readings, a variety of poetry workshops, open mics, two anthology competitions and readings, a poetry slam and much, much more.

The Austin International Poetry Festival is the “work of heart” of the volunteer-based local non-profit Austin Poets International, Inc. This year there will be many International, National, State and Local Featured poets reading alongside dozens of registered poets.

Each year, dozens of Austin venues host these events. Some of these locations include the Barnes and Noble in the Arboretum, Maria’s Taco ExPress, Thrice and Whole Spirit Books.

Some of the Austin poets include Chip Ross, Dillon McKinsey, Jena Kirkpatrick, Mike and Joyce Gullickson, and Steve Vera.

The festival started with four founders in 1992, and it has become “the largest non-juried poetry festival in the U.S.”

(Photo Credit: Robert Brewer)

This year, API will partner with Badgerdog Literary Publishing to organize a Poets-In-Schools Program during AIPF, giving students the unique opportunity of interacting with featured poets during the school-day. Also, API will continue its partnership with Texas Youth Word Collective to teach the power of poetry and spoken word to at-risk youth during AIPF. Additionally, it will be produced in intense collaboration with not just arts-friendly Austin venues and local businesses, but also literary organizations including Austin Poetry Society, Austin Poetry Slam and Austin Writers League.

This citywide event is free and open to the public. There are many events going on throughout the weekend, be sure to check out the schedule.

WHEN:  September 27-30, 2012

TICKETS: Free. For more information call 512-777-1888.

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