|Coming to Sydney in October 2001!||About
the World Congress
1995 Kazakstan (cancelled due to political instability)
The World Congress of Poets was formed in 1969 by Amado Yuzon, Tin-wen Chung, Krishna Srinivas and Lou LuTour to unite nations in an effort to achieve world peace and understanding through poetry. It was established under the auspices of the World Academy of Arts and Culture incorporated in USA as a non-profit organisation in 1973.
Its official languages are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Spanish and Hebrew.
The World Congress has an international committee of volunteer officers headed by the President, Rosemary Wilkinson of USA. Each country organises the Congress in their own way with readings, seminars and associated cultural events including art exhibitions. The number of poets attending has ranged from 200 in Slovakia to 700 in Japan.
The Committee organising the Congress in Sydney in 2001 has Indigenous poets and others writing in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Polish, Spanish and Turkish.