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 also has a healthy dose of spoken word events, demonstrating that poetry doesn't only belong on the page.

Melbourne is also headquarters of 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 Scum Mag. A range of poetry prizes are offered by these journals including ABR’s annual prestigious Peter Porter Poetry Prize and Overland’s annual prizes for Indigenous, new and emerging poets. The annual Victorian Premier's Literary Award 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 also have the Melbourne Poetry Map, a series of eight poetry walks through the Melbourne central business district.

A Voz Limpia 29 - Launch of the A Voz Limpia Vol. 3 anthology

16 November 2018
A Voz Limpia
A Voz Limpia - Poetry collective

A Voz Limpia is a poetry collective and independent publisher.

Sporting Poets # 38

20 November 2018
Australian Poetry

Sporting Poets #38: Megan Kaminski, Ann Vickery, Melinda Bufton

Queer Legacies, New Solidarities: Readings & Launch Event

21 November 2018
Australian Poetry

Queer Legacies, New Solidarities: Readings & Launch Event

MPU International Poetry Competition Awards Night

30 November 2018
Australian Poetry

MPU International Poetry Competition Awards Night

Book Launch: From Grains to Gold by Magan Magan, Vulgar Press

8 December 2018
Australian Poetry

Book Launch: From Grains to Gold by Magan Magan, Vulgar Press:

‘INTENSE’ ~ poetry workshop with Les Wicks

10 February 2019
Australian Poetry

'INTENSE' ~ poetry workshop with Les Wicks