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.
Core Objectives:
• 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

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