.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.

AP @ Queensland Poetry Festival 2019

We have so many incredible poets in town for #QPF2019 that we’re indulging you in a series of just-because readings. Get immersed in verse.   The All Ears readings are supported by Australian Poetry.  Saturday 24 August 11am–12pm, Judith Wright Centre...

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AP @ Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival

Blaktivists vs Blakademics argue the toss. Should Australia Day happen on 26 January – or not – and why? It’s a serious topic but we’ve thrown in a dollop of Blak humour. With Nayuka Gorrie, Yvette Holt, Liza-Mare Syron and Jason Tamiru. Moderator Gregory...

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Poetry Sydney Newsletter

Australian Poetry is excited to be supporting the promotion of the Poetry Sydney Events Newsletter, with its current newsletter below. The newsletter is part of the Poetry Sydney website: poetrysydney.org  Each month AP will promote a link to the Poetry...

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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

2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize

Entries are now open for the $9,000 Peter Porter Poetry PrizeJudged by John Hawke, Bronwyn Lea and Philip MeadAustralian Book Review welcomes entries in the sixteenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for...

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Rattle Poetry Prize

DEADLINE:July 15th The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be...

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Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

2019 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry PrizeNamed in honour of a distinguished Queensland poet, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript is committed to encouraging emerging Queensland poets.  Now in its 17th...

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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...

Future Echoes – free events next week from Express & EWF

Happening every dayin the Ian & Primrose Potter FoyersWednesday 23 October – Saturday 26 October 3.00pm & 4.00pm. Links Below Arts Centre Melbourne have launched a new festival for and by young and emerging artists called Future Echoes, and both...

DEAR MUSES? by Simon West Launch

6.30pm Wednesday October 9199 Faraday Street, Carlton RSVP AT COASIT.COM.AU  ...a book of essays on Australian and Italian poetry, and especially on the presence of Classical and Renaissance literature in contemporary Australian poetry...Does it make sense...

SOLID AIR, an anthology of contemporary Aus & Aotearoa spoken word

It's showtime next week! We're launching SOLID AIR, an anthology of contemporary Aus & Aotearoa spoken word. The book features the best voices around, and six of them will be featuring on the night (alongside editors David Stavanger & Anne-Marie Te...

Writing with Observation & Detail : Workshop taught by poet Bonny Cassidy and novelist Emily Bitto

Writing with Observation & Detail10am-4pm, November 2nd-3rdKyneton Mechanics Institute Enjoy a weekend in scenic central Victoria while taking your writing to the next level. This two-day workshop will be taught by professional and highly acclaimed...

That Poetry Thing At Smith’s: Angela Gardner + Alan Jefferies

Monday 23 September - 7pm to 9pmAngela Gardner + Alan Jefferies$5 / $10 entry. Open mic Angela Gardner is an award-winning poet and visual artist. Her most recent books are The Told World (Shearsman 2014); Thing & Unthing (Vagabond 2014); and with...

Claire G. Coleman: The Old Lie in Kyneton

Thursday 26 September 2019, 7.30pm-8.30pmat Kyneton Town Hall Claire G. Coleman believes speculative fiction is a powerful political tool. ‘It’s a genre in which there’s great scope for Aboriginal literature … It’s able to sneak politics into places...

Australian poetry slam Victorian finals 2019

Friday, 4 October 2019  from 19:30-22:00 State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000   The search is on for Australia's 2019 poetry slam champion! Cheer on our finalists as they speak, scream, howl, whisper or...