Poetry Journal


Australian Poetry News Update

Thanks again to all for supporting the important work of AP as the sole national representative body for poetry in this country. We are thrilled at the new program that's been rolling out in 2016 - a big shout-out to all those who have attended events, including our festival programs, participated in other activities, or promoted them! As we adapt to the arts cuts under the last Australia Council round, we encourage donations which can be made on the website or for new or renewing subscribers to...

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NSW: Australian Poetry Journal & Anthology Launch

Our two most recent, beautiful publications – Australian Poetry Journal Vol 5 No 2 and the Australian Poetry Anthology 2015 – were launched simultaneously in Sydney in November, at the superb Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst. Thanks very much to our hosts Liza and Merilyn from the Gallery. The event was highly attended with readings by a range of NSW based poets. Thanks to all for their contributions and presence. Submissions to Australian Poetry Journal 6.1 (ed. Michael Sharkey, to be p...

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The Australian Poets Festival 2016

The Australian Poets Festival 2016 is a new, ambitious, provocative, inspiring and engaging festival series in which Australian Poetry partners with Australia's major capital city literary, poetry and emerging writer festivals. In a single national touring program, the APF presents the best and brightest of Australian poetry talent. The APF's sessions, developed in full partnership within an overall festival program for that city, have been thoughtfully curated to celebrate and support the art f...

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Australian Poetry Journal 4.1 Digital Launch: AusPoConvo

To celebrate the launch of Michael Sharkey’s first edition of the Australian Poetry Journal, we’ve gathered together some of Australia’s finest poetry editors to chat about their craft. An often-overlooked branch of literary publishing, poetry editing is a meticulous and valuable trade. Join host Lisa Gorton (Australian Book Review), Michael Sharkey (Australian Poetry Journal), Fiona Wright (Seizure), Kent MacCarter (Cordite), and Michelle Cahill (Mascara) online at 6.30pm, Wednesday 23rd...

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Letter to the Editor: Mike Ladd on Peter Kirkpatrick

Mike Ladd writes: "I enjoyed the lively mix of poetry, essays and reviews in Volume 4, Issue 1. In Peter Kirkpatrick's article on light verse "Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How" he says that "Drain and McCuaig were the last of a long line of journalists who wrote poetry as part of their professional duties." Not quite. I'd like to correct a little eastern states astigmatism here. Max Fatchen was best known as the author of children's verses, but he also wrote a regular column for the Adelaide Adver...

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