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.

Announcing the winners of our Holiday Special

Thanks to all of you for subscribing & supporting us over our Holiday Special period. Those who subscribed between the period of 20-30 November, we put all your names in a hat to award the lucky folks the beaut prizes! Please find below the list of our winners....

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Australian Poetry Holiday Special

Hey folks! We’re putting together a little treat for our subscribers this holiday season. Basically, the deal is, we love you and need your support, we rely on our subscribers to keep us afloat, to keep us doing important creative work within our poetry communities....

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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

Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2017 shortlist & Prize ceremony

Announcing the shortlist and the Porter Prize ceremony Seven poets are vying for the prestigious Peter Porter Poetry Prize (worth a total of $7,500). The three judges – Jill Jones, Felicity Plunkett, and Ali Alizadeh, – have shortlisted the following poems: ‘Four...
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Michael Farrell, Autumn Royal, Sian Vate: Brunswick SLSC

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Art & Herbarium: Creative Ecological Investigations

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Launch of Luke Fischer’s ‘A Personal History of Vision’

You are warmly invited to the launch of Luke Fischer's new book of poems A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry) on Saturday 11 March at Gleebooks. Peter Boyle will be giving the launch speech. Fischer will read some poems, and there will be a panel discussion on...
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Launch of ‘Flute of Milk’ by Susan Fealy @ Collected Works

Collected Works Bookshop and UWA Publishing warmly invite you to the launch of Flute of Milk by Susan Fealy.  Flute of Milk is Susan Fealy's first full-length collection of poems, and is published as part of UWA Publishing's new imprint, UWAP Poetry.  Flute of...
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Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2016 Award Ceremony

Come along and hear the short listed poems and find out who has won the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2016. March 3, 6 -- 7.30pm, Collected Works Bookshop, Nicholas Building, Level 1, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Refreshments...
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Launch of Alan Loney’s ‘Beginnings’

You are cordially invited to Justin Clemens' launch of Alan Loney's Beginnings, published by Seismicity Editions, Los Angeles. Beginnings is another volume in the series of Alan Loney's writings on reading & writing itself. It might also be an elegy for his great...
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1st MPU Event of 2017 – with Abe Nouk & Lisa Gorton

A very special event to kick off our year, at one of our favourite venues. 2017 marks the 40th year of Melbourne Poets Union and we are just getting warmed up. Come help us celebrate with two of Melbourne's best, Abe Nouk and Lisa Gorton. There will also be an open...
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Sappho Poetry with Wright, Rolfe, Allen, Teague and Sakr

The first poetry night of 2017 at Sappho Books features Fiona Wright, Aden Rolfe, Elizabeth Allen, Omar Sakr and Stacey Teague, plus an open section. Tuesday Feb 14th,  7 - 10 pm at Sappho Books, 51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, New South Wales. Drinks and tapas at the...
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Ellen van Neerven Launches Omar Sakr

Please join Omar Sakr and Cordite Books for the launch of 'These Wild Houses', Omar's first full-length collection of poetry. The event will be upstairs at The Alderman, emceed by Khalid Warsame and launched by Ellen van Neerven. Open event, please invite your pals....
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Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

                Entries for the 2017 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize are now open. This annual $2500 prize has been generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Bruce Dawe AO to celebrate Australian poetry. The winner will be...

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Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2016

              Open until 22 November 2016.  Over $7000 in prizes. First Prize: $5000 Second Prize: $1500 Third Prize: $750 Judge: Ron Pretty The prize will be awarded to a single poem of up to 30 lines, and is open to anyone over the...

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