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  • Ars poetica is a civic association.
  • Ars poetica, true to its name, focuses on propagation, cultivation and the development of poetry and understands poetry as an eternally young medium, which helps the past to meet the future, where geniuses of the past meet the citizens of presence as well as the yet unborn children of the future.
  • Ars Poetica publishes poetry – both Slovak and foreign – as well as the works on literary criticism and philosophy.
  • Ars Poetica, since 2003, organizes an annual, internationally renowned festival of poetry that holds the same name (link to Festivals and Archive).
  • Ars Poetica inspires the debate on contemporary poetry not only in Slovakia, but in broader, international context
  • Ars Poetica initiated the foundation of European Poetry Forum, an international platform that focuses on capturing the contemporary poetics and forms, as well as the traditions of European and World poetry.
  • Ars Poetica is a member of the Versopolis platform, which is the only European platform of poetry supported by the European Union.
  • Ars Poetica endeavors to connect and integrate poetry that is often present in a variety of artistic genres and disciplines.
  • The association Ars Poetica's main goal is to deepen the social awareness of the existence of a natural relationship between life and artistic creation, society and the artist, between the social and artistic phenomena.
  • Ars Poetica believes that poetry is a word for energy that is almost impossible to capture, but it opens new dimensions of life to all generations, whether those are children, teenagers, or people with a lifelong experience.
  • Ars Poetica deeply believes that the access to poetry belongs to our natural rights hence many of its activities are non-profit and free.

From the history of the Ars Poetica International Poetry Festival

The festival has so far hosted over three hundred poets both of the most prominent as well as rising stars from all across the world, including the likes of T.S. Eliot prize winners, U.S. Poet Laureates, etc. In 2014, Ars Poetica has been privileged to be able to introduce to the Slovak audience a renowned US poet and nominee for the Pulitzer Prize – Ron Padgett, one of the founding fathers of the New York School and contemporary U.S. poetry.

Just like every year, Ars Poetica participants' poetries appear in a nearly 400 page festival anthology featuring their texts in both the original, and Slovak translations, as well as possibly other language versions.

Ars Poetica festival strives to bring poetry into interdisciplinary realm, which shows in the festival efforts to offer not only an Ars Poetica Film section, but also a special multimedia programme segments, such as poetry & video, or poetry & music.

Ars Poetica Publishing House

Ars Poetica association is a publisher of European and world literature in translation, as well as in Slovak. The editorial list, ranging from poetry to essays, includes a number of the most prominent and exciting authors of today and the past century, across Europe and beyond, including Peter Huchel or Sylvia Geist of Germany, Carolyn Forché of the US, Anni Sumari of Finland, and many more. Ars Poetica, constantly looking to promote distinct creativity, unconventional perspectives, and artistic quality, has so far published nearly one hundred titles that are widely praised for their design and innovative merits.

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