Poetry

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.

Painting in tongues- poetry slam

23 July 2019
Boroondara Library Service

Join us for a night of colourful language at Hawthorn’s House of Letters (...

Poetry at Manning Clark House

25 July 2019
Australian Poetry

Poetry at Manning Clark House
July 25 2019

Sporting Poets 43: Lisa Gorton, Claire Albrecht, Simon West

28 July 2019
Australian Poetry

Sporting Poets 43: Lisa Gorton, Claire Albrecht, Simon West

Book Launch: Birth Plan, LK Holt

30 July 2019
Australian Poetry

Book Launch: Birth Plan, LK Holt

Byron Bay Writers Festival Solid Air Spoken Word Showcase

2 August 2019
Australian Poetry

Solid Air (a spoken word anthology, UQP 2019, eds David Stavanger and Anne-...

Poetry Masterclass

9 August 2019
Bendigo Writers Festival
Anthony Lawrence