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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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

Tell Me Like You Mean It: Australian Poets Festival X Emerging Writers’ Festival

What does it mean to be an emerging poet? We reckon it’s something like having a voice that’s full of attitude, wit and sincerity, a voice that’s continually re-imagining what it means to be contemporary. Australian Poetry in partnership with Emerging Writers'...
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Wild Readings

Date: 17 January 2017 Where: Mu'ooz Restaurant, West End, Brisbane Price: Free Wild Readings is a series of monthly café readings that encourages writers at all stages of development to read their work out loud. Writers with an original piece they would like to air,...
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The Dandy Slam: Emerging Writers Festival

An evening of electrifying performances from spoken word artists and poets curated by City of Greater Dandenong and Emerging Writers Festival. From the humorous to the heartfelt and the poetic to the playful, hear the exciting literary talent of Dandenong’s rising...
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Launch of ‘The Night’s Insomnia’ Jen Lush

Adelaide-based singer/songwriter Jen Lush has transformed poems by 12 of Australia’s most respected contemporary poets into songs for her debut solo album, The Night’s Insomnia. Lush is best known for her work with folk-pop band Cat Dog Bird and electronic...
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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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PAVE / Woorilla Poetry Prize 2017

The annual Woorilla Poetry Prize was the literary progeny of the Woorilla literary journal which in turn arose from the activities of the Woorilla writers’ group convened back in the nineteen eighties by Maria Millers whose Ferny Creek property at that time was known...

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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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