July 26-29, 2012

The 3rd San Francisco International Poetry Festival featured free and open-to-the-public poetry and music throughout the City, including a street party in North Beach, youth events, book signings, translation workshops and more.  It was presented by  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Mayor's Office of Protocol, poet Jack Hirschman and the San Francisco Public Library.

Visit SFIPF.org for more info!

Check out photos from the event on Flickr here!


Amiri Baraka (USA)
Antoine Cassar (Malta)
Sasha Pimentel Chacon (Philippines)
Neeli Cherkovski (USA)
Carla Badillo Coronado (Ecuador)
Agneta Falk (Sweden/USA)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (USA)
Heinz D. Heisl (Austria)
Jane Hirshfield (USA)
Jack Hirschman (USA)
Yahia Lababidi (Egypt)
Dunya Mikhail (Iraq)
Alejandro Murguia (USA/Mexico)
Sandro Sardella (Italy)
Joachim Sartorius (Germany)
Matt Sedillo (USA)
Marie Silkeberg (Sweden)
Antonieta Villamil (Columbia)


Honoring our City’s great legacy of encouraging cross cultural dialogue,  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and the Mayor's Office of Protocol have presented the San Francisco International Poetry Festival.

Since the 2007 Festival, Friends of the SFPL has presented smaller poetry festivals in a variety of languages, such as the Iranian Literary Arts Festival, Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora and Flor y Canto en el Barrio:  A Celebration of Latino Poetry, in their ongoing effort to continue to build cultural bridges, celebrate the literary arts and foster international dialogue.