When it comes to getting the heads up on the vibrant culture of poetry and poets writing in Melbourne, the city has a unique and world-renowned CBD stronghold. The Collected Works Bookshop stocks poetry collections and journals from around the globe and has an active weekly events calendar featuring poetry readings and launches.

Melbourne is also the HQ geographically for the country’s national poetry organisation Australian Poetry. Its website offers an extensive listing of upcoming events across the poetry community, and it has a large poetry library focused on past and present Australian poetry which is available to access by appointment.

At a time when poetry is thriving in Australia – with outstanding works being written and published – Melbourne remains a focus for the art. There are multiple major literary journals which publish poetry based in the city, as well as poetry publishing houses which garner extensive readership, critical attention and prizes. These journals include: Australian Poetry Journal and the annual Australian Poetry AnthologyAustralian Book ReviewCorditeOverland, Rabbit Poetry JournalMeanjin, Going Down Swinging and The Lifted Brow, and smaller digital sites such as work & tumble. A range of poetry prizes are offered by these journals including ABR’s annual prestigious Peter Porter Poetry Prize and Overland’s annual prize for new and emerging poets. The annual Victorian Premier’s Prize also offers a valuable poetry prize administered through The Wheeler Centre, and the work of poets is also considered within the major literary prize, the Melbourne Prize for Literature.

We are also have the Melbourne Poetry Map, a series of eight poetry walks through the Melbourne central business district.

Workshop: Poetry and Spoken Word

18 November 2017
Stonnington Libraries
Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Tap into the spoken word poet within and learn the basics of spoken word...

Awards night Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition

24 November 2017
Melbourne Poets Union
Judith Rodriguez

MC for Awards night is Di Cousens

Women on Country: Indigenous Sovereignty and Feminist Identity

24 January 2018
Cordite Publishing Inc.
Jeanine Leane, Anne Elvey, Timmah Ball, Bonny...

Double book launch in partnership with Australian Poetry.