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26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival

Presented by Austin International Poetry Festival at Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, Austin TX

Apr 05 - 08 2018
26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival

Join us April 5th – 8th 2018! This four day Festival has a large schedule of poetry events for everyone! Poetry readings, workshops, performances, an adult slam, a haiku death match, two printed anthologies and so much more!

Austin Poets International (API), the parent organization of the Austin International Poetry Festival (AIPF), is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes literary excellence by bringing together poets and story tellers from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through written and spoken words. Every year International, National, State and Local Featured Poets and Special Guest Poets are highlighted during the Festival and perform at venues throughout Austin.
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This event is free and open to the public to attend! In order to participate, please read the following information:

Only registered festival attendees (registration category: Festival Attendance Only or Festival Attendance and Poetry Submission) may read/perform at the Festival’s scheduled readings, though anyone in the community may attend. Anyone in the community may read at open mics.

Youth (K-12th grade) Registration Rates and Definitions

  • Poetry Submission Only (Free) – Youth poets submitting to the anthology but not attending the youth activities fall into this category.
  • Youth Activities Attendance Only (Free) – Youth poets attending the youth activities but not submitting to the anthology fall into this category.
  • Youth Activities Attendance and Poetry Submission (Free) – Youth poets attending the youth activities and submitting to the anthology fall into this category.

Online Registration for Youth Anthology Submission has been extended until February 15, 2018.

Online Registration for Youth Festival Attendance closes April 4, 2018. 

You may register to attend the Youth Anthology Launch at the Youth Registration Desk: St Francis School, April 8th, 2018 at 3:00 pm. 

Adult Festival Registration Rates

  • Registered Poet $50 – The majority of festival goers fall into this category.
  • Discounted Rate $35 – College Student, Military, Senior, API Member

 Online Registration for Adult Anthology Submission has been extended until February 15, 2018.

Online Registration for Adult Festival Attendance closes April 4, 2018. 

You may register to attend the Festival at the Registration Desk located at Holiday Inn Austin Midtown, between April 5th through noon on April 7th, 2018!

ADA/Special Needs: If you qualify under ADA or have any special needs, email .  We will be happy to assist you!


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Additional time info:

AIPF Adult Festival:

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Registration – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Opening Celebration – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Book Sales/Author Read/Book Signing – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
02:30 pm – 10:00 pm: City Reads/Open Mics (various locations)

Friday, April 6th, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Registration – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
08:30 am – 12:00 pm: Workshops – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
10:30 am – 6:00 pm: City Reads/Open Mics (various locations)
07:00 pm – 10-00 pm: Di-Verse-City Launch – Huston-Tillotson University, A-L Auditorium

Saturday, April 7th, 2018
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Registration – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
08:30 am – 12:00 pm: Workshops – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Membership Meeting – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown (Members Only Lunch – RVSP)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: City Reads (various locations)
02:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Board Members Only Reading – Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
02:30 pm – 4:00 pm: City Reads/Open Mics (various locations)
04:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Big Read (Featured Poets) Huston-Tillotson University, A-L Auditorium
06:30 pm – 7:30 pm: The Trio of Poets (Special Performance) Huston-Tillotson University, A-L Auditorium
07:00 pm – 12:00 am  City Reads/Open Mics (various locations)
12:00 am – 6:00 am: Midnight to Dawn Open Mic – Full English Café

Sunday, April 8th, 2018
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Theme Brunch (Tickets Only – RVSP)
11:30 am – 3:00 pm: City Reads (various locations)

AIPF Youth Anthology Launch:

Date:          Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Time:         3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location:   St Francis School
Address:    300 E. Huntland Drive, Austin, TX 78752

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Holiday Inn Austin Midtown

6000 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752


    • Wheelchair Access

All Venues are wheelchair accessible!

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