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

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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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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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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Writers Victoria Interns

Writers Victoria are currently looking for emerging arts workers interested in undertaking one of four internships at Writers Victoria. All of their internships are mutually-beneficial learning experiences for individuals wanting to gain experience within Melbourne’s...

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Antarctic Arts Fellowship | Applications Now Open

Artists and writers keen for an icy inspiration are invited to apply for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship.   The Fellowship is a rare opportunity for members of the creative community to experience Antarctica first-hand, and share this with the broader...

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