WA Poets Inc (WAPI) was established in 2006 as an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation managed and and run by volunteers,

WAPI is dedicated to the promotion, presentation and professional development of poets and poetry in Western Australia, and presenting WA poetry to local, national and global audiences.

WAPI has a strong commitment to promote poetry in new and innovative ways, to increase poetry audiences and to raise public awareness of the contemporary relevance of poetry. WAPI aims to strengthen and build relationships between local, national and global arts communities.

Core Objectives

  • Organise an annual Poetry Festival
  • Organise public poetry events throughout the year, independently or in conjunction with other community and writers’ groups
  • Showcase members poetry in the e-journal Creatrix
  • Encourage and foster developing and emerging poets
  • Form partnerships with community groups and organisations to highlight creative connections between poetry, visual arts and other forms of media
  • Liaise with national and international poets and poetry groups to form reciprocal arrangements for mutual benefit
  • Develop a poetry culture in WA that will help promote local poets and improve opportunities for professional development
  • Provide avenues for poets at all levels to engage with a broader public audience
  • Encourage active participation by the public in local writers’ groups and expose them to the personal and social benefits of poetry writing and performance


Postal Address:
PO Box 684
Inglewood WA 6932

Co Coordinators
Julian Ross
Chris Arnold

Gary De Piazzi
Jan Napier (minutes)

Ian Casey

Publicity Officer
Zan Ross

Social Media
Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Funding Officer
Maggie Van Putten

Committee Members
Mar Bucknell
Jakob Boyd
Wendy Beach
Mike Greenacre
Peter Jeffery
Saoirse Nash
Neil J Pattinson

Associate Committee Members
Veronica Lake, Primo Lux
Tineke Van der Eecken, Poetry d’Amour

Outline of WAPI Structure
download a pdf of the WAPI Structure

WAPI Structure