‘The act of writing is an aural event.’ Ania Walwicz (1951–2020)


Best of Australian Poems is a new annual anthology collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was. Capturing the richness and diversity of Australian poetry, across a timeframe of 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021, the series will explore how poetic responses to the contemporary moment develop with each passing year.

The book opens with an introduction by its 2021 editors, award-winning poets Ellen van Neerven and Toby Fitch. They discuss their approach to curating the ‘aural events’ of this inaugural anthology, which features 100 poems across a considered, also provocative at times, range of poetic voices, approaches and themes.

The Best of Australian Poems (BoAP) series is published by Australia’s national poetry organisation, Australian Poetry, and will feature two different guest editors each year.

ISBN: 978-0-9923189-2-5  / Page length: 246 pp  / Pub date, 1 December 2021

Publisher: Australian Poetry

Guest Editors: Ellen van Neerven, Toby Fitch

Cover and design by Sophie Gaur.

Please see sales and shipping options below.

For Australian bookshop orders, ask your local bookstore to order in via bestofaustralianpoems@gmail.com: cost per copy is $35 RRP minus 40 per cent trade discount – ie. $22.91 per copy ($19.09 plus GST). We are giving Australian bookshops free shipping to support them. The RRP at bookshops is $35.The book is also available via online booksellers, including:

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Or, for sales directly from AP as an individual reader, please email bestofaustralianpoems@gmail.com and Emma will organise to send you the EFT details. Cost per book, including shipping, is $29.95 for current Australian Poetry Subscribers, $39.95 for non-Subscribers to Australian addresses, $49.95 for International addresses.

Ellen van Neerven is an award-winning writer of Mununjali and Dutch heritage. Their books include Heat and LightComfort Food and Throat.   ellenvanneervencurrie.wordpress.com/

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Sydney, and editor-at-large for Australian Poetry. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including, most recently, Sydney Spleen (Giramondo 2021). With Ellen van Neerven, he co-edited Best of Australian Poems 2021. @Toby_Fitch  tobyfitch.net