WA Poets Inc

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Support Local Poets

WA Poets Inc (WAPI) wants to make sure the people of Western Australia have access to the best poets and poetry.

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Money isn’t the currency poets work for, but they still need to be paid. Over the next 45 days, we need your help to raise $4,000 – the annual income of one poet. WAPI will use this money to pay dozens of performers.

In the 2015 Macquarie University report on the earnings of Australian authors, poets finished last with an annual average income of $4,000 from their writing. Yet the Perth poetry community is growing with events featuring everything from slams to sonnets.

WAPI wants to keep this culture alive by supporting poets in the most practical way possible: by paying them for their work. Based on the recommended rates set by the Australian Society of Authors, with $4,000 WAPI will be able to pay more than 30 poets for their performances. Some of the money will be spent at the 2017 Perth Poetry Festival, some at the 2018 Poetry d’Amour evening of love poetry and the rest at other public poetry events throughout this year and next.

What’s in it for you?

Poets of all ages offer their heartfelt thanks. Your dollars will help keep home-grown talent here in Western Australia. You’ll be supporting many free or low-cost opportunities for people to be entertained by Perth’s thriving spoken word scene.

Finally on a more prosaic level, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Visit our website (https://wapoets.wordpress.com/) for more information about WAPI and the 2017 Perth Poetry Festival.

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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.

WAPI sponsors the annual Perth Poetry Festival, now in its 13th year. The Festival features international, national and local poets plus ample opportunities for public participation in a diverse program of free and low cost events. Professional development is also supported with seminars, competitions and networking opportunities.

Since 2012 WAPI has also organised the Poetry d’Amour evening of love poetry, which includes a poetry competition with selected submissions published in a professionally designed and published anthology.

In addition to the two major events WAPI supports many other public performances in conjunction with local writers and community groups.

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