Highlights of the Austin International Poetry Festival and critic Neil Postman's upcoming visit to Austin.
For the past eight years, the Austin International Poetry Festival has grown ... and grown ... and grown to the point that over 260 poets have been invited to participate this year at 27 venues across the city from April 13-16. Passes for the entire festival are $10 and are available at participating venues. Selected events, such as the Cutting Edge Performance Poetry showcases and the AIPF Poetry Slam, are $5 at the door. An entire schedule of events and list of participating venues is available at http://www.hyperweb.com/aipf. The festival's hotline number is 835-5942. Here are some highlights, though:
Neil Postman at UT
Critic and intellectual historian Neil Postman, whose most recent book is Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future, is going to tell students of UT's Division of Rhetoric and Composition "Six Things You Ought to Know About Technology," and the Division of Rhetoric and Composition invites the public to attend; it's Wednesday, April 12, at 8pm in the Texas Union Ballroom. Postman is an apt candidate to address writing students -- among his many honors is the 1986 George Orwell Award for clarity in language from the National Council of Teachers of English.