This week the Austin International Poetry Festival will take place April 7-10, 2011. This is a great way to kick off National Poetry Month and we here at Virgogray Press are happy to be there. For the previous 18 years the Austin International Poetry Festival has drawn 100’s of poets and poetry enthusiasts to share in the art of poetry and the written and spoken word. All types of poets and artists gather from traditional poetry writers, to spoken word artists, to slam-style poets, music and poetry and everything else in between. The festival is headquartered at Ruta Maya, just south of downtown Austin on Congress Avenue near St. Edwards University. There will be several city-wide readings and workshops taking place at bookstores, libraries, cafes, universities, restaurants and more. I will be hosting a reading on Saturday evening at Brave New Books located at 1904 Guadalupe St, near UT Austin from 7 PM until 9 PM. The reading will feature participants of AIPF and is open to the public. I will be reading earlier that day, but details have not been released. I will be reading as part of the City-Wide Poetry read at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum earlier in the day. I will also be there Thursday at Ruta Maya. Though no VGP writers will be featured, several who have published their work with us will be out reading their respective work. Some of those writers include Elzy Cogswell, Christa Pandey, Thom Moon Bird, and Shubh Sheisser. Virgogray titles will also be on hand for purchase. Visit http://www.aipf.org/ for more information.