WORLD POETRY MOVEMENT

At the 21st   Medellin Poetry Festival, directors of 37 Poetry Festivals worldwide have
conducted a 5-day meeting on the status of poetry and poetry festivals across the
world, analyzing and discussing human concerns and issues regarding difficulties and
achievements as part of local organizations promoting poetry in each of our cities and
countries.

The first sessions discussed the relationship between poetry and peace and
reconstruction of the human spirit, nature reconciliation and recovery, unity and
cultural diversity of the peoples, material misery and poetic justice, and actions to take
towards the globalization of poetry.

Participants decided to establish the World Poetry Movement, whose main purpose
would be to increase cooperation between poetry festivals, thus strengthening our
collective voice.

The World Poetry Movement recognizes that:

+ Poetryprovides meaningful insights into the human condition.
+ Contrary to the idea that languages divide the world, it is precisely the diversity of

languages that enriches poetry festivals.
+ The World Poetry Movement will strengthen each festival in their local and global
approach to their challenges and concerns.
+ The exceptional connection with the public evidenced in the Medellin Poetry
Festivalhighlights the value ofpoetry reachingpeople.

Main objectives of the World Poetry Movement are:

+ That all poets, poetry initiatives and organizations are invited to join the World Poetry

Movement.
To promote the growth of poetry festivals across the world in all their diversity.
To enhance communication between poetry festivals and poetry organizations.
To promote the development of poetry schools and poetry initiatives.
To explore audience development initiatives to broaden publics and access to poetry.
To address issues such as publishing, translation and the general concerns of poets
worldwide.

This movement begins a significant process that goes beyond individual concerns and
creates exciting possibilities for poets and poetry events worldwide - we stand with
humility and care for the birth of this new project.

Tomas Arias, representative of Barcelona Poesia (Spain)
Kwame Dawes, representative of Calabash International Literary Festival
Sixto Cabrera, representative of Encuentro Latinoamericano de Poesia en Veracruz (Mexico)
JoseMaria Memet, director del Encuentro Internacional de Poetas ChilePoesia

Otoniel Guevara, poet and director del Encuentro Internacional de Poetas El Turno del
Ofendido (El Salvador)
Fernando Rendon, Gabriel Jaime Franco, Jairo Guzman and y Gloria Chvatal,
representatives of Festival Internacional de Poesia de Medellin (Colombia)
Alex Pausides, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia de La Habana (Cuba)
Fernando Valverde, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia de Granada
(Spain)
Gaston Bellemare, director of Festival International de la Poèsie de Trois-Rivières (Canada)
Amir Or, poet and director of the International Poetry Festival Sha'ar (Israel)
Iryna Vikyrchak, poet and executive director of The International Poetry Festival
Meridian Czernowitz (Ukraine)
Lello Voce, poet and representative of International Poetry Festival RomaPoesia and
Absolute Poetry (Italy)
Rira Abbasi, director of International Festival of Peace Poetry (Iran)
Graciela Araoz, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia de Buenos Aires
(Argentina)
JoseMarmol, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia de RepublicaDominicana
Giovanni Gomez, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia Luna de Locos
(Pereira, Colombia)
Aaron Rueda, representative of the Festival Iberoamericano de Poesia "Salvador Diaz
Miron" (Mexico)
Rodolfo Dada, poet and representative of Festival Internacional de Poesia de Costa Rica
Rigoberto Paredes, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia de Honduras
Lucy Cristina Chau, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia Ars Amandi
(Panama)
Marvin Garcia, poet and director del Festival Internacional de Poesia de Quetzaltenango
(Guatemala)
Vilma Reyes and Vicente Rodriguez Nietzche, poet, and representative del Festival
Internacional de Poesia de Puerto Rico
Rafael del Castillo and Fernando Linero, poets and representatives of Festival
Internacional de Poesia de Bogota (Colombia)
Gabriel Impaglioni, poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesia Palabra en el
Mundo (Argentina/Italy)
Ataol Behramoglu, poet and organizer of International Poetry Festival of Smirna
(Turkey)
Rati Saxena, poet and director of Krytia International Poetry Festival (India)
Thomas Wolfhart, director of Literaturwerkstatt Berlin (Germany)
Endre Ruset, poet and director of Norsk Litteraturfestival (Norway)
Regina Dyck, director of Poetry on the Road (Bremen, Germany)
Peter Rorvik, director of Poetry Africa (South Africa)
Bas Kwakman, director of Poetry International Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
Celine Hemon, director of International Communications of Les Printemps des Poètes
(France)
Zabier Hernandez, director of the Recital Internacional de Poesia desde el Sur, (Pasto,
Colombia)
Jack Hirschmann, poet and director of San Francisco International Poetry Festival
(United States)
Nikola Madzirov, poet and representative of Struga Poetry Evenings (Macedonia)
Ban'ya Natsuishi, director of Tokyo Poetry Festival (Japan)

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