WA Poets Inc. (WAPI) is the peak poetry body in Western Australia.
Established in 2006 as an incorporated not-for-profit organisation and run by volunteers, WAPI’s mission is to develop and promote local poets and poetry and to raise public awareness of poetry in all its forms in WA.
• Organise the annual Perth Poetry Festival
• Organise public poetry events throughout the year, alone or in conjunction with other community and writers’ groups
• Showcase members poetry in the e-journal Creatrix
• Encourage and foster developing and emerging poets
• Form partnerships with community groups and organisations to highlight creative connections between poetry, visual arts and other forms of media
• Liaise with national and international poets and poetry groups to form reciprocal arrangements for mutual benefit
• Develop a poetry culture in WA that will help promote local poets and improve opportunities for professional development
• Provide avenues for poets at all levels to engage with a broader public audience
• Foster the public perception that poetry can be for everyone
• Encourage active participation by the public in local writers’ groups and expose them to the personal and social benefits of poetry writing and performance