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Australian Poetry, based at the Wheeler Centre in Narrm/Melbourne, acknowledges the custodians and owners of the land, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Australian Poetry on Soundcloud: Listen to New Shoots poems

Australian Poetry is stepping it up! We're now on Soundcloud, with lots of exciting projects to come.  For now, have a listen to audio recordings of New Shoots poems.  New Shoots unearths the poetic inspiration of plants and place. In partnership with Red Room Poetry,...

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Announcing the winner of the Kalang Award: Tracking Nature

Kalang Retreat and Australian Poetry would like to thank all those who entered the Kalang Award: Tracking Nature.   We received so many wonderful applications from across Australia. We have thoroughly enjoyed reading through all the applications, inspired by the...

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the tears
    the pelicans are leaving us like a line of words
 quicker than

the tongue drift glide sail waft fly   
fly away 
 something happened here.

     —  ‘Flight FeathersEllen Van Neerven

Maitland Verses – Poets in Residence Program

Please come and join us for a celebration of the Maitland Verses – Poets in Residence Program, there have been 10 poets and 8 cafes participate in the program to date.                                  5 – 9.30pm Friday 24 November 2017 at The Bikesmith & Expresso Bar,...

Giramondo Special event: Xi Chuan (China) with Kate Fagan, Lachlan Brown

  Please join us for a reading by celebrated visiting poet Xi Chuan, one of the most influential and important contemporary Chinese poets. His poetry has been widely translated, including his collection in English Notes on the Mosquito, published by New Directions in...

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Not Very Quiet Presents – Poetry on Holiday

'That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith's Every Other Monday': Not Very Quiet Presents - Poetry on Holiday 15th January  Smith's Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra...

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Monica Carroll

'That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith's Every Other Monday': Monica Carroll 8th January - $5 on the door - includes open mic Smith's Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra...

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Special Farewell and Thankyou

18th December - 7pm to 9pm Special Farewell and Thankyou to Josh Inman Event. Smith's Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra City.

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Double Book Launch

11th December - 7pm to 9pm - Double Book Launch Owen Bullock's Work and Play + Metamorphic (International Poetry Anthology) Free entry - no open mic Smith's Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra City. Brought to you by Canberra's own sub-atomic poetry publisher, Recent...

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Miranda Lello and Sarah Rice

'That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith's Every Other Monday' Miranda Lello and Sarah Rice Smith's Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra City. 4th December - 7pm to 9pm $5 on the door - includes open mic Miranda Lello is a Canberra poet and performer whose debut poetry...

‘That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Opened Mind – Poems that inspire us

'That Poetry Thing That Is On At Smith’s Every Other Monday’: Opened Mind - Poems that inspire us with Paul Magee, Melinda Smith & Owen Bullock. 20th November, 7.30pm, Smiths Alternative, Alinga St, Canberra City. Free. Three poets read great works that have opened...

Raising the Bar: Searching for Asylum in Poetry

Raising the Bar: Welcoming Words: Searching for Asylum in Poetry Negative representations of asylum seekers have been a hallmark of recent political discourse around the world. But re-visiting literary motifs and incorporating these into contemporary poetry...

AVANT GAGA 32: Poetry at Sappho: Mansell, Tipping, Andrada & tc.

  On the second Tuesday of November, the poetry night at Sappho hill play host to AVANT GAGA #32 with guest poets Chris Mansell, Richard Tipping, Eunice Andrada, Jocelyn Deane, and Radha Wahyuwidayat, plus the usual open mic section. November 14, 19:00–22:00, Sappho...

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: RABBIT ISSUE 24: The LGBTQIA+ ISSUE

RABBIT is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poetry for Issue 24: The LGBTQIA+ Issue, to be guest edited by Australian poet Michael Farrell. For this issue, RABBIT is only accepting poems from writers who identify as LGBTQIA+. Send up to 3 poems (short or...

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The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize

30 poets compete for $1,200 in cash prizes, the overall prize, people's choice and conveners' choice. Gig hosts of over 35 regular poetry and spoken word events are asked to nominate poets to compete for the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, alongside wildcard entries,...

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CAFE WRITERS OPEN POETRY COMPETITION 2017

Closing Date 30th Nov 2017 PRIZES 1st  £1000        2nd £300 3rd £200   Six Commended Prizes of £50 Funniest Poem £100 The Norfolk Prize   £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize Entry Fee £4 per poem; or £10 for 3...

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