After the official Versopolis poetry platform launch last December, the project’s webpage has seen the light of the day as well – just in time for World Poetry Day (21st March 2015).

In the first three months we have managed to launch the official webpage, where all the information about participating poets and festivals is gathered in a communicative and comprehensive way. One of the festivals – Swedish Littfest – has already taken place and successfully presented five emerging poets from four European countries and their newly translated poetry. For all of the poets this was their first translation into Swedish language. You can read about the Versopolis event in Umeå here.
As you can see Versopolis successfully helps authors already established in their home countries spread their poetry across borders, its first and foremost aim being to promote European poets and their work in order to create a close-knit poetic community.
With webpage launch behind us and the World Poetry Day ahead of us, we spoke to over thirty European poets, poetry connoisseurs and opinion leaders who answer questions on what poetry means to us all. This has created an interesting collage of answers and impressions that communicate in eleven European languages how poetry connects and contributes to our lives.
You are kindly invited to take a look at our video clip here:

21 March is both the first day of spring and World Poetry Day. In the days leading up to this occasion, the three-minute clip will be seen by Members of the European Parliament as well as members of the national parliaments of a number of European countries participating in the Versopolis platform. Through this gesture they will show that poetry does count.