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.

Queensland Poetry Festival 2017

Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 • August 24 - 27 •  Three Australian Poetry events on the 25th and 27th August. View the Program  /   Download the Schedule. Judith Wright Centre – Shopfront What Even Is Contemporary OZPO? A Panel Friday, 25th...

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New Shoots: A Garden of Poems

New Shoots: A Garden of Poems

New Shoots unearths the poetic inspiration of plants and place. In partnership with Red Room Poetry, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Australian Poetry, and Melbourne Writers Festival we invite you to join ten of Australia’s most spirited poets for a poetic...

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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

Bankstown Poetry Slam

Tuesday July 25, 6:45 - 9:15 PM  Bankstown Arts Centre • Details here.   Gloria Demillo will be supported by local legend Sharnay...
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Australian Academy of the Humanities 48th Symposium

Wednesday 15 to Friday 17 November Various locations across Perth • Early bird registrations close Thursday 31 August and group bookings are welcome. This year’s Symposium theme is Humanitarianism and Human Rights. A distinguished line-up of speakers will...
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Collected Works Bookshop Reading & Soiree

Friday, 28th July, 6PM Collected Works Bookshop  Join Rothenberg and friends for wine and a reading from the expanded fiftieth anniversary edition of his landmark anthology Technicians of the Sacred.         ...
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Jerome Rothenberg Poetry Reading & Talk

Wednesday, July 26 6PM - 7:30 PM  4th floor linkway, John Medley Building, University of Melbourne Free, although bookings are essential  Click here to book  A reading and talk by poet, translator, radical anthologist, professor, and anthropologist Jerome...
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Subbed In: last night an ibis saved my life

Saturday, July 22 at 5 PM - 7 PM Freda's 107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale, Sydney, doors @ 5pm performances start at 5:30pm entry $5 this event is 18+ Subbed in presents a night of literary readings at Down / Under Space at Freda's with performances by:...
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Pitt Street Poetry & Collected Works Poetry Reading on the 20th of July

COLLECTED WORKS NICHOLAS BUILDING 37 SWANSTON ST, MELBOURNE THURSDAY 20th JULY 6 for 6.30pm Order the book here or for readers’ notes and other background...
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Gleebooks Poetry Event: Jakob Ziguras’ ‘The Sepia Carousel’ – 2 August

2nd August 2017 / Wednesday 6 pm (for a 6.30 pm start) 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney You are warmly invited to the Gleebooks event on Jakob Ziguras' new poetry collection The Sepia Carousel (PSP). Jakob will read poems from the collection and converse...
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Poets at the Petersham Bowl

Poets at the Petersham Bowl - open mic soiree, Thursday 20 July 2017, from 6.30pm An evening of open mic performance - mainly poetry, though other forms (such as short story, anecdotes, comedy, acoustic music) are also welcome. Petersham Bowling Club, 77...
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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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Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 

Entries close midnight 15th of August. Details here.  Now in its 22nd year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania's most acclaimed poet. First Prize: $2000 + publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions* to Island, Griffith...

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Fryer Library Creative Writing Fellowship

Valued at $25,000 plus mentorship. Applications close 1 September 2017. Details here.  This Fellowship is an exceptional opportunity for an emerging Australian author to develop a new work of creative writing. You will draw on the special collections of...

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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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