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Apr 05 2018 to Apr 08 2018

26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival

The 26th Annual Austin International Poetry Festival is dedicated foremost to poetry, to past and present API Board members; to volunteers, venues, members, affiliated organizations, patrons and sponsors, to attending poets from all corners of the world, and the City of Austin - it takes a village to raise a Festival. Thank you for helping us celebrate poetry by taking part in the "largest, non-juried Poetry Festival in the United States."

Austin Poets International (API), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, promotes literary excellence by uniting poets from around the world to celebrate the diversity of humanity through the power of written and spoken word.



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Admission fee: $50.00
10:00am to 3:00pm
Holiday Inn Austin Midtown
6000 Middle Fiskville Rd
Mar 27 2018

Poets on Craft: Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen

Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, Cassells is the author is six books, including his most recent, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018).Queen is the author is five publications. Her most recent collection, I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017), was a finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series. Jayson P. Smith, a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry, moderates. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program.
Cyrus Cassells poetry examines personal encounters with history, love and eroticism, and suffering and violence. His newest collection, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press; March 5, 2018), was described by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as “an ecstasy, a god’s-eye-view of place, time, and the vivid revelations.” Cassells is also the author of The Mud Actor (1982), winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994), winner of the William Carlos William Award; Beautiful Signor (1997), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); and The Crossed-Out Swastika (2012). Cassells has held fellowships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation. He has received the Lannan Literary Award, the Peter I.B. Lavan Younger Poet Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. Cassells, who also works as a translator, film critic, and actor, teaches at the MFA program at Texas State University-San Marcos. He lives in Austin.
Khadijah Queen is the author of five books of poetry and hybrid prose, most recently I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books 2017). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing. The prize included a full staged production of the play at Theaterlab NYC from December 10 – 20, 2015 by Fiona Templeton’s The Relationship theater company. Individual poems and prose appear in Fence, Tin House, Buzzfeed, Gulf Coast, The Offing, jubilat, Memoir, Best American Nonrequired Reading, DIAGRAM, The Force of What’s Possible and widely elsewhere. She serves as core faculty in poetry and playwriting for the low residency Mile-High MFA in creative writing at Regis University, and is Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing at University of Colorado, Boulder.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street
10011 New York, New York
Mar 23 2018 to Mar 25 2018

The Writing Life

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open." —Martha Graham

"This workshop will allow us to leave the rush of our busy lives and be still enough to hear the stories and poems that gestate within us," says Ellen Bass. "We'll write, share our writing, and hear what our work touches in others. We'll help each other to become clearer, go deeper, take new risks. With the safety, support, and inspiration of this gathering, you will have the opportunity to create writing that is more vivid, more true, more complex and powerful than you've been able to do before."

Whether you are interested in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, or journal writing, this weekend will provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the writing life. Both beginners and experienced writers are welcome.

Recommended reading: Bass, Like a Beggar; ed: Dawes, When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life.

Admission fee: $845.00
9:00pm to 3:00pm
Esalen Institute
55000 Highway 1
93920 Big Sur, California
Mar 23 2018

Martín Espada

Martín Espada has published nearly twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems is Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), and A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000). His honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center
508 Center Street
Feb 23 2018

New Works: Kamilah Aisha Moon, Marcus Wicker and Yolanda Wisher

Hear three brilliant Cave Canem fellows read work from their new and debut collections. Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of Starshine & Clay (Four Way Books, 2017), of which Grace Cavalieri says, “this heroic writing is in the spirit of Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddamn!” Pushcart Prize winner Marcus Wicker’s second collection, Silencer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), has been praised by Adrian Matejka as “masterful and hard-hitting…exactly the book we need.”  The 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Yolanda Wisher’s debut, Monk Eats an Afro (Small Press Distribution, 2014), was described by Sonia Sanchez as a collection of “exquisite poems.” Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the NYU Creative Writing Program.
A Pushcart Prize winner, Lambda Award finalist and a 2015 New American Poet who has received fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Center for Faith and Work, Hedgebrook and Cave Canem, Kamilah Aisha Moon‘s work has been featured widely, including in Harvard Review, Poem-A-Day, Prairie Schooner, Best of the Net, and elsewhere. Featured nationally at conferences, festivals and universities including the Library of Congress and Princeton University, she holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught at several institutions, including Rutgers University-Newark and Columbia University. A native of Nashville, TN, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College.
Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review‘s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center.  His first collection, Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.  Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His second book, Silencer, was published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Marcus teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis and is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
Yolanda Wisher is the author of Monk Eats an Afro (Hanging Loose Press, 2014) and the co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song (Philadelphia Mural Arts, 2013) with Sonia Sanchez. Her work has been featured in a variety of media including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade, GOOD Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Contemporary Black Canvas, Radio Times, PoetryNOW, Ploughshares, and CBC Radio. A Pew Fellow & Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, Wisher was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Montgomery County Pennsylvania in 1999 and the third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia in 2016. She served as Director of Art Education for Philadelphia Mural Arts, and founded and directed the Germantown Poetry and Outbound Poetry Festivals. She has led workshops and curated events in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, and U.S. Department of Arts & Culture. Wisher is currently the 2017-2018 CPCW Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
NYU Lillian Vernon House
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York


Others taunt me with having knelt at well-curbs
Always wrong to the light, so never seeing
Deeper down in the well than where the water
Gives me back in a shining surface picture
Me myself in the summer heaven godlike
Looking out of a wreath of fern and cloud puffs.
Once, when trying with chin against a well-
It could have been the way the Southern man
in his navy suit and skin rocked
along the church wall, swaying to the tambourine
like an old man wobbling to blues.

Or the way Sister Nettie got the spirit
all in her feet and behind, quick-stepping
like an ant hill was under her toes,
shaking her head back and forth


   The Shepherds went their hasty way,
        And found the lowly stable-shed
   Where the Virgin-Mother lay:
        And now they checked their eager tread,
For to the Babe, that at her bosom clung,
A Mother’s song the Virgin-Mother sung.