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 exists as a national poetry body to interconnect and support a flourishing community of Australian poets, to enhance and promote their poetry, here and internationally, and to reach and engage directly with readers, lovers and potential admirers of Australian poetry, as well as to the promoters of it.

Australian Poetry pays tribute to John Clarke

John Clarke (1948-2017) Photo via Sydney Morning Herald Credit Paul Kalina The Board of Australian Poetry notes with great sadness the passing of our Patron, John Clarke. John’s love of poetry was ever alive. His ear was so sharp for the clan dialects of politicians,...

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Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships 2017 X AP Mentoring

For the first time, Australian Poetry is offering face-to-face mentoring for the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Poet Fellows. We’re really excited to be supporting Fellow Poets of 2017, Mindy Gill and Mia Slater, both previous contributors to Australian Poetry publications....

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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

Word In Hand with Candy Bowers & Josh Holms

Word In Hand  2nd May  19:00–22:00 @ The Friend in Hand Hotel, Glebe Featuring Candy Bowers & Josh Holms This May edition of WIH is set to go off! I can't believe how lucky we are to have the inimitable Candy Bowers all the way from Melbourne - yes the Candy...
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Launch of Gayelene Carbis ‘Anecdotal Evidence’

"Gayelene Carbis' work documents family obsessions, the enduring wounds of childhood, the familial shadows that pursue and possess us, and the subtle twists and shifts in human interaction that bedevil and fracture relationships. The result is an extended meditation...
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Melbourne launch ‘Reading for a Quiet Morning’

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Open & Unfold book launch

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Adelaide launch of ‘Shaping the Fractured Self’ ed Heather Taylor Johnson

The University of Adelaide and UWA Publishing warmly invite you to the Adelaide launch of Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of chronic illness and pain, edited by Heather Taylor Johnson. Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia’s finest poets...
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Melbourne launch of ‘Shaping the Fractured Self’ ed by Heather Taylor Johnson

The Dax Centre and UWA Publishing warmly invite you to the Melbourne launch of Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of chronic illness and pain, edited by Heather Taylor Johnson. Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia’s finest poets who happen to...
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Vermouth & Tapas Bar Poetry Night

1927 Vermouth & Tapas Bar is holding its inaugural poetry recital for budding and established poets on April 27 from 5pm. The venue is dedicated to Generation 27 (a highly influential group of Spanish poets and writers). Traditional Spanish tapas...
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Sporting Poets #25 Compass Pizza

5pm Sunday May 7th Compass Pizza, 319 Lygon Street, Brunswick East Sporting Poets starts again in 2017 with a new venue and under the expert coordination of poet, podcaster and critic, Alice Allan. The 2017 venue is Compass Pizza on Lygon Street, Brunswick East...
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Sydney Writers Festival: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

Sunday 28 May, 4.30–5.30 pm ABC RN’s Sarah Kanowski will talk with UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy about her life, her work and her ability to break down barriers in both poetry and her career. Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tickets $15 Bookings...
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Sydney Writers Festival: Bankstown Poetry Slam

Sunday 28 May, 3.00–4.00 pm Bankstown Poetry Slam will showcase the highest scoring poets from its fiercely competitive annual Grand slam. Club Stage, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay. Tickets $20/$15 (concession) Bookings at or on (02) 9250 1988. For more...
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Hunter Writers Centre Poetry Competions

Hunter Writers Centre presents two writing competitions for poets. Both close in June. Grieve writing competition calls for poems up to 36 lines – closes June 9; the Newcastle Poetry Prize calls for poems up to 200 lines – closes June 30. See more information...

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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

We are delighted to announce the launch of this year's Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition! With two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world.  Poems are...

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