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.

Australian Poets Festival X Perth Writers Festival

THE BIG READ: PWF X APF We're beyond stoked to be partnering up with Perth Writers Festival again which goes from 23rd -- 26th of February, 2017. We're doing the Big Read again, big hype. Seven poets, seven minutes each. This year’s Big Read features...

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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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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

UNSWriting presents: Cosmopolitan Queer

Presented by UNSWriting This is a free event, reserve your seat below. 29 March 6.30 -- 8pm, Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington Campus Poet Alison Whittaker and novelist Anna Westbrook in conversation with Peter Polites This evening features two young emerging queer...
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Poetry Night at Sappho: Overland Judith Wright Prize Reading

On the second Tuesday of April, the poetry night at Sappho will host short-listed and winning poets from this year's Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for Emerging Poets: Alison Whittaker Holly Isemonger Lachlan Brown Dave Drayton Audrey Molloy Sumudu Samarawickrama...
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Word In Hand with Ali Cobby Eckermann & Nancy J Denis

Word In Hand is going from strength to strength every month, and is back again this April with an incredible line up, including the Wyndham Campbell Prize winning Ali Cobby Eckermann and the ever impressive performer Nancy J Denis. Word In Hand promises to provide a...
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Andy Jackson at RMIT’s non/fictionLAB

RMIT's non/fictionLAB presents poet Andy Jackson. Reading: 6.00pm-8.00pm, Tuesday March 28 Open Door: 1.00pm - 4.00pm RMIT Urban Writing House Stewart Street, Melbourne Andy Jackson lives in Castlemaine and writes poetry exploring the body, identity and marginality....
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Candy Royalle + The Freed Radicals THE KILLING US SOFTLY SHOW

THE KILLING US SOFTLY SHOW Candy Royalle + The Freed Radicals are performing for one night only to launch their music video KILLING US SOFTLY – an epic film made by Cannes featured French/Australian film maker Milly Morgan. Not your average music clip, some of...
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Poetry at the Pub – Newcastle Writers Festival 2017

The regular Newcastle Poetry at the Pub reading has been scheduled to coincide with the end of the 2017 Newcastle Writers Festival. This will be effectively be the festival after-party, featuring two excellent Canberran poets in John Foulcher and Melinda Smith. There...
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Poetry and music at the Brothers Public House: Harpur, Lysenko and Russo

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Launch of Jordie Albiston’s new collection ‘Euclid’s Dog’

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Launch of the Poets at the Petersham Bowl anthology

You're invited to the Petersham Bowling Club (in Sydney inner west), for the launch of the Poets at the Petersham Bowl anthology. Saturday 18 March, 12.30 till 4.30pm. There will be readings from the book, artworks on display, cabaret music, and open mic reading.  ...
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Launch of Bella Li’s ‘Argosy’

Vagabond Press is thrilled to announce the release of Bella Li s debut collection Argosy. Drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, this innovative full-length collection is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and...
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Red Room Poetry Fellowship

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The inaugural Red Room Poetry Fellowship has been established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic...

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Residency: Luminous Bodies 2017

Luminous Bodies is a two-week residency to create artworks that shed new light on the human body. Its objective is to challenge “normativity” and Otherness. Its goal is to reinvent and re-present the body in most inclusive and diverse ways. Resident artist talks,...

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