Australian Poets Festival
Our Australian Poets Festival, which presents in 16 capital city literary festivals across 2016 and 2017, hosts 80-plus poets and poetry commentators annually, utilising a passion and expertise in poetry in its curating.
In 2017 we’ve linked our publications and festivals programming, making an agile, responsive and experimental model for the cultivation and dissemination of new works by contemporary Australian poets
By linking the festival and publications programs AP uniquely situates itself as a publisher which also presents an extensive, national festival events program.
Over this year, poems have been commissioned for the festival program and then selectively published in the relevant journal volume, and/or online. CEO of Australian Poetry, Jacinta Le Plastrier works closely with Australian Poets Festival director Toby Fitch, to curate new works for publication from the festival program.
APJ 7.1 theme ‘Skin’, guest poetry eds. and foreword co-authors, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Ellen van included 8 new translations of Dorothy Mackellar’s poem, ‘My Country’ commissioned by Melbourne Writers Festival and Queensland Poetry Festival 2016.
APJ 7.2 themed ‘Disruption’, guest poetry eds. and foreword co-authors, Benjamin Laird and Cassandra Atherton with poems from our partnership project ‘New Shoots’ with Red Room Poetry Company and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for the Melbourne Writers Festival 2017.
Presented by Australian Poetry and Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018. The Big Bent Poetry Reading features seven poets exploring all kinds of gender/queerness: UK’s Yrsa Daley-Ward, Quinn Eades, Omar Sakr, Pam Brown, Allison Gallagher, Chris Edwards, and joanne burns.
Poets Morgan Yasbincek, David McCooey, Amanda Joy, Charlotte Guest, Corey Wakeling, Dennis Haskell and Marcella Polain celebrate the life and the world of one of Australia’s greatest poets, the late Fay Zwicky.
Australian Poetry is now on Soundcloud, with lots of exciting projects to come. For now, have a listen to the poems and introductions from our booked-out WOMEN ON COUNTRY event early 2018, presented by AP with Cordite Publishing Inc. as part of our touring festival program.
Please attend the launching of and readings from Jeanine Leane's Walk Back Over and Anne Elvey's White on White – both published by Cordite Books – at the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas on Wednesday, 24 January 2018. 6-7.30pm. Although written...