Approved World Poetry Movement's
Strategic Plan 2012-2014
The Coordinating Committee for the World Poetry Movement is composed of twelve representatives of international poetry festivals and poetry organizations from four continents, it has held twelve meetings by chat since its founding in July 2011 in Medellin, Colombia, during which he has taken important decisions about their future.
In order to consolidate and accurately qualify the process of World Poetry Movement -WPM-, it has been projected The Strategic Plan 2012-2014 in order to provide organic integrity for all projects, through a strategy based on prospects for growth and expansion of its global scope in the short and medium term strategic objectives and strategic directions for achieving them. That Strategic Plan was approved on January 5.
WPM has also decided to materialize poetry readings and global poetic actions on February 29, March 21, May 22 and October 12, 2012, inviting poetry organizations to participate in them, as well as international poetry festivals, poetry schools and workshops, poetry publications and poets around the world. These actions will help to visualize WPM's goals and objectives and to contribute to the transformation of human life on the planet through poetry.
The Colombian poet Fernando Rendón, director of the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, was appointed as general coordinator of the World Poetry Movement, with Peter Rorvik, director of Poetry Africa (South Africa), working at his side. WPM headquarters will operate in Medellín.
Heads for various departments of the World Poetry Movement were also appointed as follows:
Bas Kwakman, director of Poetry International Rotterdam (Netherlands), will be responsible for the Organization Department, which will address the constitution of national and continental sections of WPM, under the Strategic Plan and for the realization of the different projects and envisioned global actions. The coordinated inland sections will deepen the regional work. The national sections will expand the local actions and tasks. The Organization Department will be responsible, in 2014, for the extension of the World Poetry Movement to poets and organizations in 180 countries.
Dino Siotis, Greek poet and director of Tinos International Literary Festival and Poets Circle, will take the responsibility of the Department of Communications, accompanied in this task by Gaston Bellemare, director of the International Poetry Festival Trois-Rivieres (Canada). This Department will operate in the direction of the mainstream media on the Internet, radio, TV, print and alternative media in the world, to spread the objectives, statements and proposals of the World Poetry Movement in the society of our time. It will be responsible for managing the website and Facebook page of WPM, to send a monthly newsletter to its members and strategic public. It will also create an alternative network of integrated media for the Web pages of the festivals that are part of WPM, and for the poetic projects and Schools of Poetry that are part of it. The Communications Department will create a TV channel and radio station trough WPM's website.
Ide Hintze, poet and director of the Vienna Poetry School (Austria), will be the head for the Education Department of the World Poetry Movement which will promote a process of knowledge transmission about the world poetry by creating a World Poetry School (digital and multilingual), incorporated and enriched through the experience of different schools of poetry and educational workshops in the world, in interaction with UNESCO, in order to radiate this amount of experience and knowledge of poetry in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. One of those main tasks will be to create the Virtual World Poetry School, whose project will be presented next June.
The North American poet Jack Hirschman, director of the International Poetry Festival San Francisco, is directing the Department of Translation, which will have functions to perform translations between different languages with a view to publishing versions of essays, interviews, poems and other texts on the Web and WPM's global poetry collection.
The Argentine poet Gabriel Impaglione, co-director of Word in the World and the Cuban poet Alex Pausides, director of the International Poetry Festival of Havana will be responsible for the Publications Department and, among other tasks, responsible for the creation of a collection of world poetry in several languages, in digital format (PDF), planned for distribution at no cost, among other tasks.
Finally, Fernando Rendón was appointed for organizing a Financial Department for WPM that will work to explore the variety of options for collecting funds and resources to fund WPM's programs, projects and actions, manage and monitor the projects sent by WPM to organizations that fund art projects and relevant cooperation agencies.
The Committee is coordinating a meeting with Madame Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO for the next 21 March as World Poetry Day, which will hold a poetry reading in Paris with the participation of WPM.
The WPM Coordinating Committee will also probably meet in Brussels on March 24 with Madame AndroullaVassiliou, Commissioner for Education and Culture of the European Union. That night it will be held in the capital of Belgium, another poetry reading by WPM, at the headquarters of Passa Porta. It also being confirmed an interview on next March 15th with Michael Higgins, poet and president of Ireland, in Dublin. The purpose of these three meetings is to present the nature, methods and goals of the World Poetry Movement, seeking full support of the counterparts to meet its strategic objectives.
January 16th, 2012