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.


We’ve got big ideas for the next year at Australian Poetry; big plans for festivals, publications, mentorships, big ideas to help foster the Australian poetry community and help it grow. Unfortunately, we don’t have a big wallet. So, we need your help. We need you to...

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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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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

Melbourne Writers Festival Schools’ Program — Poetry OutLoud Grand Final

Victoria’s finest, fiercest and most talented spoken-wordsters fight it out live, after heats held in over 25 schools. It’s poetry, it’s slam, it’s competition and it’s out loud. Grand final of the Victorian Student Poetry Slam. Tuesday 29 Aug 1.45pm VENUE: Deakin...
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Melbourne Poets Union Trust Fund 4th Annual Fund-raising Dinner

It's on again! A great night of poetry and feasting!   7.00 p.m. Wednesday 26 July 2017 at The Italian Cucina 306 Lygon Street, Carlton (between Faraday and Grattan Streets).     Two course meal, great Italian food, soft drinks BYO ($3.50 corkage), drinks...
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May Voicebox

Voicebox Monday 29 May @ Fremantle Fibonacci Centre Special guests Glen Phillips, Julie Watts & Ross Donlon + open mic Vegan menu by Roark & Co (byo welcome) Doors open 6:30 for 7pm start $10/$6 cash only Bring your VOICE!! Go here to the Facebook...
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Kalang Retreat   +61 (0)478 747 288  • Kalang Retreat is proud to present a special afternoon of poetry with award-winning indigenous writer: Ali Cobby Eckermann, Yankunytjatjara/Kokatha woman, author of verse novel Ruby Moonlight (Flood Editions,...
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Poets at the Petersham Bowlo

Thursday 18 May, from 6.30 pm. Poets at the Petersham Bowlo, hosted by Mark Marusic and Barry Sargent. Open mic format (mainly poems, but also short stories, anecdotes, jokes, acoustic music). Bar and bistro open. 77 Brighton St Petersham. Info: Mark 0410 054...
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Launch: Omar Musa’s “Millefiori” presented by Nicholas Projects

“Omar Musa writes hard, beautiful poems about things that are true” — Kate Tempest Presented by Nicholas Projects in association with Stephen McLaughlan Gallery Join Omar in celebrating his Melbourne book launch of “Millefiori”. He will do a performance, a short...
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Eastern Suburbs Poetry Group monthly meeting

Sunday 14 May, 3–5pm.  Eastern Suburbs Poetry Group will hold its regular monthly meeting. People are encouraged to read their own poems, with each poem being followed by a discussion in a supportive environment. All styles and forms supported. First floor, Waverley...
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Alison Whittaker & Joel Deane @ Stanley Street Gallery

Saturday 13 May, 5.00 pm. PoetryAlive @ Stanley Street will present Alison Whittaker, Gomeroi poet and author of the award-winning collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire, and Joel Deane whose new collection of poetry Year of the Wasp was shortlisted for the Qld...
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Catherine Keenan launches Rico Craig’s poetry collection ‘BONE INK’

Friday 12 May, 6.00 for 6.30 pm. Dr Catherine Keenan will launch Rico Craig’s poetry collection BONE INK at Gleebooks. 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe. Bookings essential: 02 9660 2333 or at Free...
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Sappho poetry with Greg McLaren, Meredith Wattison, Ariel Riveros Pavez, K.A. Rees

Tuesday 9 May, 7.00–9:30 pm. On the second Tuesday of May, the poetry night at Sappho will feature poets Greg McLaren, Meredith Wattison, Ariel Riveros Pavez, and K.A. Rees, plus the usual open section. Sappho Books Cafe & Wine Bar, 51 Glebe Point Rd Glebe. Drinks...
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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Call for Entries

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. The award is judged...

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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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