.Australian Poetry, based at the Wheeler Centre in 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 notes with sadness the passing of Bruce Dawe, aged 90. Dawe, born in Fitzroy, in 1930, was perhaps the first poet to find a way to turn the lives of suburban Australians into poetry – poems which often had an undertow of elegy, as if in recognition...

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Australian Poetry Anthology 2020 Submissions

We invite all Australian Poetry subscribers to submit to the Australian Poetry Anthology, Volume 8 2020. Submissions to the Anthology opened on Monday, 24 February, and close 11.59 pm, 15 March 2020. The Anthology will be published in May/June, with ACCEPTANCES only...

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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

APJ 10.1 Open for Submissions

Submissions: open 28 April 2020. They close at 11:59pm 15 June.Australian Poetry Journal 9.2 ('DIS-' poetry guest edited by Andy Jackson and Jennifer Harrison) is now available. You can purchase a copy hereIf you would like to support Australian Poetry, receive print...

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Poetica Christi Press 2020 Poetry Competition

Closing date: April 30th, 2020. Poems up to 50 lines (inc.spaces) on the theme Joy in the morning.  1st prize $300, 2nd prize $100, top 25 poems to be published in an anthology. Entries $7 each or 3 for $20. Entry forms available at www.poeticachristi.org.au or from...

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Emerging Older Poets Mentorship

The Emerging Older Poets Mentorship is designed to address a lack of opportunities in the 55+ age bracket. So many great writers come to their craft later in life, and create wonderfully rich and meaningful work as a result. Due to an overwhelmingly positive response...

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Words for Now: Poetry as Processing

not in Aus, mate bad things don’t happen here our beaches are open they are not places where bloodied mattresses burn Australian Poetry is thrilled to announce that we are taking to the digital stage with this incredible evening in collaboration with The Wheeler...

A Note from Poetry on the Move

The University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move festival and COVID-19. The University of Canberra’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research is responding to ongoing uncertainty about the COVID-19 virus by heeding the advice of experts and the government, and...

Melbourne Launch: Navigable Ink by Jennifer Mackenzie

Please join Transit Lounge publishing for the launch of Jennifer McKenzie's new book, Navigable Ink. April 1, 6pm Launched by Lucy Van A homage to the Indonesian writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, “This intricate, inventive collection of poems compels the reader to follow...

MPU Poetry Far & Wide Open Mic Event

    Tomorrow from 18:30-20:30       Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053 Melbourne Poets Union opens its 2020 program by inviting all poets & poetry lovers to an open mic reading &...

Gathering Grounds

GATHERING GROUND: WALKING, TALKING AND WRITING PLACE WITH KELLY LEE HICKEYALICE: March 21 Walking and writing have a long history together. Gathering Ground is an invitation to this explore this tradition through three weekends of writing walkshops. Each week a...

Launch: Labour and Other Poems by Astrid Lorange

Melbourne: Sunday 22 March 3pm - 5pm, The Alderman @ 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East Sydney: Saturday 29 Feb 4pm - 6pm, Frontyard @ 228 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville Please join us at the Sydney or Melbourne launch of Astrid Lorange’s new book Labour and other Poems. This...

Long service leave: a sick leave fundraiser

6pm Saturday November 16Arena Project Space2 Kerr St Fitzroy friends, enemies, comrades...sick leave is a monthly reading series and journal that celebrates new, weird, difficult and interesting writing -- whatever form it takes. sick leave is very...

Book Launch: Where Only the Sky had Hung Before, by Toby Fitch, Vagabond Press

The Alderman East Brunswick Friday 15 November7pm. Launch of a poetry book with Vagabond PressMelinda Bufton will host, Lisa Gorton will give a speech, Readings by other poets too —Ann Vickery, Grace Yee, Harry Reid, Chloe Wilson, and Luke Beesley.   ...

Giramondo Book Launch : ‘Heidi’ by Π.O.

Please join us for the launch of Π.O.’s Anarchist masterpieceHEIDE  to be launched by Guy Rundleeditor, producer, scriptwriter and author of Practice6 for 6.30pmThursday 14 NovemberReadings Carlton309 Lygon StCarlton 3053Copies of Heide will be available...