The Extraordinary General Meeting of the Poets Union was held on 27th November and authorised all the necessary changes for the merger with the APC in Melbourne. Australian Poetry, the new organisation, is only a few weeks away and counting.
Thank you to all those members who were able to come to the celebration of the Poets Union on Saturday 4 Dec. and make it such a success. There were over 30 readers, a great deal of reminiscing and a potted history of the Poets Union from Martin Langford.
Australian Poetry is the merger of the Poets Union (based in NSW) and the Australian Poetry Centre (based in VIC). Commencing formally in January 2011, it is a company limited by guarantee which has been recently granted Key Emerging Organisation status by the Australia Council. Australian Poetry has been created for the purpose of better serving the needs of the Australian poetry community while developing an increased interest in, and providing all poets and the wider community with greater access to, Australian poetry and poets.
Please visit the website for more info on the merger and your membership for 2011 by clicking on this link http://www.poetsunion.com/node/893
POETRY EVENTS, FESTIVALS AND READINGS
POETICA – ABC Radio National 3.05 pm Dec 9: Kevin Hart (Live) Kevin Hart reading at Adelaide Writers’ Festival Week 2010
4th Kevin Hart Live – Kevin Hart reading at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2010.
11th Orpheus and Eurydice – a selection of poetry from across the centuries that retells and reinterprets the ancient Greek myth.
18th Peter Porter – selected works of Peter Porter.
25th Birdsong – from Sufi verse to contemporary poems; an avian celebration.
1st Wendy Cope – more than just a classic English humorist.
8th Don’t Fence Me In – a light-hearted look at cowboy poetry.
15th Why I Am Here – selected poems by Andrew Taylor.
22nd Lucy English – a meeting with this performance poet from Bristol in the U.K.
29th audio/file/poets/#10 – the latest in our series about poets working with sound.
Saturdays and Thursdays each week at 3.05pm.Australia-wide Poetry program .
POETICA is presented by BRENT CLOUGH and MIKE LADD
For further details please contact the producers of Poetica: Mike Ladd (08) 8343 4928 Krystyna Kubiak (08) 8343 4271 Or visit our website at www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica/
: Neil Pattinson and Janet Jackson followed by the LAST GIG OF THE YEAR AFTER PARTY at 5 pm
Event: Perth Poetry Club Reading
Special Guest: 11 December: Neil J Pattinson and Janet Jackson – last gig for 2010
Date: 11 December
Time: 2-4pm followed by AFTER-PARTY at 5 pm
Venue: at The Moon,
Address: 323 William Street, Northbridge.
Perth Poetry Club's end of year After-party will take place on Saturday December 11, starting 5 pm. For more details, join us on Saturday, or check next week's mailout ...
Other events coming up in Perth Poetry:
Sunline Press: Sunday 12th December from 10am-12 noon at the serene Bodhi Tree Café – Confirmed readers so far are Kevin Gillam, Roland Leach, Shane McCauley, Vivienne Glance, Jennifer Kornberger, Andrew Burke and Annamaria Weldon. Copies of Sunline Press publications will be available for sale. Location: 1a/416-418 Oxford Street, Mt Hawthorn WA 6016. Tel: (08) 9444 9884 For more information about The Bodhi Tree please see http://www.bodhitree.net.au/
Claire Potter WA launch of Swallow - Mon 13 Dec, 6:30-8:30: Lucy Dougan launches Claire Potter's collection 'Swallow' at Kitsch Restaurant, Leederville. RSVP essential. email@example.com
Fringe Gallery 17th December: is NOT on the last Sunday of November. Their end-of-year bash is on 17 December. firstname.lastname@example.org
Perth Poetry Club's November & December lineup:
11 December : Neil J Pattinson and Janet Jackson – last gig for 2010
Break: 18 December, 25 December, 1 January 2011
8 January 2011: - we're back! Guest TBA
Perth Poetry Club, where slams meet sonnets.
Info, contact info & artist bios: www.perthpoetryclub.com
email@example.com 0406 624 578
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Hunter Writers’ Centre – Christmas celebration fundraiser
There is change in the air at the HWC in the lead up to the end of the year and Newcastle Poetry Prize. 2011 will see some significant changes to the running of the centre and you can be involved.
Please keep an eye out for your ‘Letter from the Board’ in the coming weeks and pencil in the evening of Saturday 11th Dec for an HWC extravaganza/ Christmas Party/ FUNdraiser. We are set to end 2010 with a bang!
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2 pm on 12 Dec. Message from Ali – launch from Vagabond Press
– Rare Objects series of chapbooks...4 poets: Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jen Jewel Brown, Lisa Bellear and Stuart Cook
Hello Dear Friends and Poetry Admirers,
Just to let you know:
Event: launch of Vagabond Press – Rare Objects series of chapbooks
4 Poets and their collections :
- Ali Cobby Eckermann launches a new collection of poems titled Kami (Grandmother)
- Jen Jewel Brown launches her chapbook Great Southern
- Lisa Bellear Vagabond Press proudly presents a retrospect of Lisa’s poems titled Aboriginal
Country, edited by Jen Jewel Brown
- Stuart Cooke launches his new poetry book
Date: Sunday December 12th 2010
Time : 2 PM
Venue: Friend in Hand Hotel
Address: 58 Cowper Street Glebe
Entry: free – all welcome
And afterwards... Mersey Sound Collective...
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Sydney Def Poetry Jam #3 - Mersey Sound Collective
- Sunday night 12th December 6 pm
Event: A Sunday night of poetry performed by a myriad of gifted wordsmiths
from Mersey Sound Collective
Location: Studio 205, Hibernian House, Elizabeth Street, SURRY HILLS
Date: Sunday, December 12 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Featuring: Old Men of Moss Mountain, Bravo Child, Tom Keily, Omar Musa, Adam Everill , Randall Stephens, Steve Smart, Farid Farid, Liam Frost, Pious Poet, Cj Shaw
MORE TBC + OPEN MIC
About Mersey Sound Collective We are a small umbrella group of Sydney folk dedicated to uniting local poets, artists, performers and musicians. We organize monthly open-mic jams which give people the opportunity to express themselves in a versatile space and a friendly supportive atmosphere. We aim to inspire collaboration, fusion and cross-pollination. We also conspire to network with other like-minded creative people!
Mersey Sound are currently looking for poets, artists, musicians, performers and everyone in between
Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
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14th Dec. Poetry at the Gods - Robyn Rowland & David Musgrave
Tues December 14: David Musgrave (Sydney),Robyn Rowland (Torquay, Victoria) will be the featured poets at The Gods' Cafe.
Venue:The Gods cafe and wine bar at ANU, Canberra
Address: The Gods Café/Bar,
ANU Arts Centre.
Directions: The Gods Café/Bar is in the ANU Arts Centre - across the quadrangle from the Student Union near Sullivans Creek.
About the guest poets: Tues Dec 14 David Musgrave (Sydney),Robyn Rowland (Torquay, Victoria)
Robyn Rowland’s New and Selected Poems will be published in 2010. Her Silence & its Tongues (Five Islands Press 2006) was runner up for the 2007 ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize. She has read her work in Ireland, Portugal, Turkey, Serbia, Greece, the USA and the UK and been featured regularly on ABC Radio National.
David Musgrave is a poet, novelist, critic and publisher (Puncher & Wattmann). His poetry has won
several awards, including the Poets Union (Broadway), Bruce Dawe, Newcastle, Josephine Ulrick and Henry Lawson Poetry Prizes. His most recent books are Phantom Limb (John Leonard Press) and a novel Glissando: A Melodrama (Sleepers Publishing).
Dinner: Light meals are available from 6pm.
Please book at The Gods on 6248 5538.
Patrons intending to eat are asked to arrive by 6.30 to ensure that the readings can begin at 8pm.
Poetry reading from 8.00 pm
Entry fee: $5.
Seating is limited to 80 people.
To be sure of hearing a particular poet it is advisable to eat at the venue beforehand but ‘listening only’ 'non-eating' seats can also be booked.
Book directly by phoning the Gods Café/Bar - Tel.6248 5538
More info: Geoff Page - 8/40 Leahy Close, Narrabundah ACT 2604 Australia
+61 2 6239 4027 0400 800 340
Sponsors: Aldo Giurgola, Collaery Lawyers, Daltons Books, z4 Wines, artsACT
What’s on next at The Gods - Poetry at The Gods 2011 :
Tues Feb 8 John Foulcher (Canberra)
Ian McBryde (Melbourne)
Tues Mar 8 Luke Davies (Los Angeles)
Lionel Fogarty (South Australia)
Tues Apr 12 Jordie Albiston (Melbourne)
Alan Gould (Canberra)
Tues May 10 Mark Tredinnick (Southern Highlands)
Bronwyn Lea (Brisbane)
Tues Jun 14 John Stokes (Canberra)
Andrew McDonald (Canberra)
Lizz Murphy (Binalong, NSW)
Tues Jul 12 Kevin Hart (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Sarah Day (Hobart)
Tues Jul 26 Dead Poets’ Dinner
Tues Aug 9 Ron Pretty (Wollongong)
Joanne Burns (Sydney)
Tues Sep 13 Geoffrey Lehmann (Sydney)
Robert Gray (Sydney)
Tues Oct 11 Charlotte Clutterbuck (Canberra)
Moya Pacey (Canberra)
Robyn Cadwallader (Canberra)
Tues Nov Kevin Higgins (Galway, Ireland)
Susan Miller du Mars (Galway, Ireland)
Tues Dec 14 J Barbara Temperton (Geraldton)
Andrew Burke (Perth)
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Tas 28th Dec. – 3 Jan Rainforest Writing Tasmania
‘in the pin-drop silence of the Forest of Giants’
Date: 28 Dec- 3 Jan:
Event: Rainforest Writing, Tasmania
'Rejuvenating, invigorating, life changing."
Join our New Year's week-long walking and writing meditation in the Tarkine Wilderness.
Spend 4 days in the pin drop silence of the Forest of the Giants then travel down river to the wild Tarkine Coast.
Tutor: Jan Cornall
Use each day's meditative writing exercises with tutor Jan Cornall to develop your current work or start anew. Supported camping and walking with qualified guides.
Photos, itinerary, bookings: www.intotheblue.com.au or phone 0415 921 303
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4-11 January: Wollongong Poetry Workshop 2011
Creative work by the sea
The Australian Poetry Centre, Poets Union and South Coast Writers Centre present
Wollongong Poetry Workshop 2011
Creative work by the sea
A unique, immersive creative development experience for poets, the Wollongong Poetry Workshop is an intensive eight days of workshops, lectures, seminars and readings in the company of other people with a passion for poetry. Workshop tutors for 2011 include Michael Sharkey and Susan Hampton, with a third tutor and guest lecturers to be announced.
The Wollongong Poetry Workshop is ideal for emerging poets who want to access their full potential as poets, and for published poets who are ready to discover new dimensions to their practice. The Wollongong Poetry Workshop is Australia's premier creative development experience for poets. Past participants have gone on to win major prizes and publish award-winning books.
In 2011, the Wollongong Poetry Workshop will be held in the unique, secluded setting of the Clifton School of Arts, 30 minutes drive from Wollongong and an hour from Sydney. Built in 1911, this atmospheric little building clings to the escarpment at one end of the Seacliff bridge and is accessible by car, bus and train, and close to free parking.
Dates: 4 to 11 January, 2011
Venue: Clifton School of Arts,
Address: 338 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Clifton NSW 2515 (just north of Wollongong)
(a) Members only - Early bird registration for members who register before 25th October:
$480 for APC, Poets Union and SCWC members.
(b) Registration after Monday 25 October
$550 for APC, Poets Union and SCWC members. $720
(c) Registration after Monday 25 October
$880 for non-members.
Cost includes: lunch and morning and afternoon tea.
Registration and more information: please email email@example.com or phone South Coast Writers Centre on 02 4228 0151.
Places are strictly limited. Previous participants will be automatically accepted into the workshop. If you have not previously attended the Wollongong Poetry Workshop, please send up to 10 pages of poetry and a CV or bio of no more than a page to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are travelling from outside the area accommodation information is available from Tourism Wollongong - http://www.tourismwollongong.com/
Stayz has a list of rental houses and B&Bs, http://www.stayz.com.au
and there is a list of backpacker-style accommodation here -
A number of the local real estate agents also provide a holiday letting service.
If you are keen to share accommodation with other participants do contact us and we will do our best to put you in touch with those in the same position.
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7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival January 17-22, 2011,
Delray Beach, Florida
7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 17-22, 2011 in Delray Beach, Florida.
Take another look at the workshop descriptions for our featured poets, Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Ellen Bryant Voigt, C.D. Wright, and Dean Young, and apply today.
Remember, this year, we inaugurate a Special Guest Poet Reading, following the annual gala on January 19. Robert Pinsky, former U. S. Poet Laureate, will read solo and accompanied by a trio of jazz musicians. This very special reading will be unlike any other we've presented at previous festivals.
The festival will be topped off with performances by D. Blair and Taylor Mali, superlative spoken word artists, who will bring the house down. Then you can dance the night away at our DiscO'Hara party!
Don't miss this opportunity to focus on your work with some of America's finest poets.
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NSW Writers’ Centre workshop – with Deb Westbury
Whole Body Smiling: Writing Poetry From the Senses
Event: WHOLE BODY SMILING: WRITING POETRY FROM THE SENSES
With Deb Westbury (11WEST2)
Date: Saturday 5 February,
Time: 10am - 4pm
Level: All levels
Food: Tea and coffee making facilities will be provided. Course participants are advised to bring their own lunch as there are no cafes within easy walking distance.
Size: 16 max
Cost: $150 full price, NSW Writers’ Centre member $105 and Concession members $90
Venue: NSW Writers’ Centre
Address: Callan Park, Balmain Road, Lilyfield
PO Box 1056 Rozelle 2039
Bookings and enquiries: T 02 9555 9757 F 02 9818 1327
Deb Westbury is the acclaimed author of five poetry collections and has been a familiar and respected voice in Australian poetry for thirty-five years. Whether you are an experienced poet looking for a refresher or a first-timer just starting out, this practical one-day workshop will get you thinking, get you writing, get you to immerse yourself in the verse.
Deb will guide students through a series of gently paced, carefully structured exercises towards writing that is alive, vivid and authentic. Generate material for new writing projects. Let yourself be reminded of what you already know – writing comes from the whole body, not just the head. Learn skills and approaches to writing poetry that will sustain your work well beyond the life of the workshop.
DEB WESTBURY has been a familiar and respected voice in Australian poetry since her work was first published in 1975. She has developed a dual career as a writer and teacher. Deb is an inspirational educator and speaker, as well as an entertaining reader of her own poetry. With an undergraduate degree in teaching and a Master of Creative Arts degree in writing, she teaches courses in creative writing at various universities, for community groups and high schools throughout Australia. Deb resides in the Blue Mountains and is actively involved with Varuna The Writers’ House. Since her first collection of poetry, Mouth to Mouth, was published in 1990 Deb has written Our Houses are Full of Smoke (Angus and Robertson, 1994), Surface Tension (Five Islands Press, 1998), Flying Blind (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2002), and, most recently, her new and selected poems, The View From Here (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2008).
“The act of imagination is bound up with memory… what the nerves and the skin remember, as well as how it appeared.” – Toni Morrison
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COMPETITIONS, PRIZES and SUBMISSIONS
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Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards - entries due 31st Jan.
2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards – Call for Entries
The State Library of Western Australia announces the Call for Entries for the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards and a new category, the Digital Narrative Award.
Entry is open to books, scripts and digital narrative which have been published/produced between 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.
Eligibility: To be eligible authors must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia or whose work has Australia as its primary focus.
Due date: The closing date for entries is 5pm Monday 31 January 2011.
There are 8 categories in the Awards: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children's Book, Writing for Young Adults, Poetry, Scripts, State Library of Western Australia West Australian History Award and the new Digital Narrative Award which recognises the use of new media in storytelling/writing.
The Premier's Prize of $25,000 is presented to the overall winner, chosen from the category winners.
Prize money is made available by the Western Australian Government. The West Australian History Award is sponsored by the State Library of Western Australia.
Short listed entries will be announced in June 2010.
The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards are managed by the State Library of Western Australia.
Writers or publishers wanting to enter their work should view or download the new Guidelines and then go to the Online Entry Form on the State Library’s website at http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/pba.html
For more information regarding the Western Australian Premier's Book Awards please contact
Doug George on (08) 9427 3150.
Manager Public Programs
T (08) 9427 3150 F (08) 9427 3152 M 0417 961 060
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Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize – entries due 31 Jan
Poetry : up to 200 line poem or suite of poems
Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and Poetry Prize
31 January 2011
Amongst the richest poetry and short story prizes in the world, the Josephine Ulrick prizes in 2011 are worth $40,000 in prize money. Short stories 1000-3000 words; Poetry up to 200 lines.
Full details on the Griffith University website:
The Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize 2011 - Up to 200 line poem or suite of poems
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Commended: 2 prizes each at $2,500
Closing date: 31 January 2011
• More information on the life of Josephine Ulrick
• Entry Form for the Poetry Prize
• Terms and Conditions of Entry for the Poetry Prize
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Contact Us5
• Past Winners for the Poetry Prize
General Enquiries Phone Number (07) 5552 8093 +61 7 5552 8093
General Enquiries Email Clare Keys - email@example.com
Location and Postal Address: School of Humanities,
Gold Coast Campus,
Griffith University, QLD 4222
Read the 2009 and 2010 winners and see the judges' comments at http://www.textjournal.com.au/ulrick11
2010 Poetry Prize Winners
First Prize ($10,000) 'endtime' by Nathan Curnow, Victoria.
Second Prize ($5,000) 'Always Sometimes Never' by Andrew Slattery, New South Wales.
Commended ($2,500) 'One Broken Knife' by Carmen Leigh Keates, Queensland.
Commended ($2,500) 'Dead Sea Psalms' by Jill Pattinson, Victoria.
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QLD Poetry Festival – Expressions of Interest due by 24 Feb 2011
for Queensland Poetry Festival 26-28 August
Queensland Poetry Festival Expressions of Interest Invited
Queensland Poetry Festival invites proposals from poets and other performers and artists interested in being part of the 15th annual festival. QPF runs from 26-28 August, 2011 at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
QPF would like to hear from individuals and groups interested in performing at the 15th annual Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word, or who have projects to pitch that can be run in association with the festival. While all projects should have a relationship to poetic language, we encourage applications from artists wishing to explore the relationship between poetry and other art forms. If you are programmed to perform at QPF 2011 flights, accommodation and performance fees will be provided. In a small number of cases successful applicants will be offered assistance in writing an application to relevant funding bodies, such as the Regional Arts Development Fund to supplement travel and accommodation expenses.
An outline of your proposed reading/project. Include proposed length of reading/performance, detailed list of technical requirements and bios of all persons participating in the reading/project.
Please keep submission length to two (2) A4 pages.
A CV, no longer than one (1) A4 page, outlining relevant performances/publications.
A sample copy of your work e.g. published collection/work, CD/DVD as well as any blog/youtube/myspace links to your work.
Your full contact details including postal address, telephone and email contact must be included.
Expressions of Interest must be received by close of business, Thursday 24 February, 2011. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. Emailed submissions will not be considered unless the applicant lives outside of Australia.
Queensland Poetry Festival
PO Box 3488
If you have any questions regarding your submission please don’t hesitate in contacting the Festival Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding QPF and its programs visit www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com
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Changes at Varuna (update thanks to the WOW newsletter)
Varuna, the Writers' House Expands National Writing Program
Varuna the Writers House, the national writers centre in Katoomba, has announced important operational changes to support the development of Australian authors. From 2012, Varuna will expand the range of genres covered in its intensive residential weeks, which have been pivotal to the advancement of Australian writers for more than 20 years.
This is an exciting era of change for Varuna, said Gil Appleton, chair of the Eleanor Dark Foundation, which runs the highly regarded writers centre. The expansion of our program will be guided by a Consultative Panel of people drawn from the writing community and Varuna board members. The Panel will develop new initiatives and take a fresh look at Varuna's current programs. This is part of Varuna's long-term strategy to strengthen the Australian writing community by building innovative partnerships with writers, and create pathways to publication.
Programs for 2012 will be listed on Varuna's website (www.varuna.com.au) by December. Varuna offers established and emerging writers concentrated writing time, supported by expert advice and catered accommodation.
After 17 years at Varuna, Creative Director Peter Bishop has decided to step down in order to pursue opportunities in writing and publishing. He will maintain his relationship with Varuna, working as a consultant and continuing his mentoring work with writers in residence and other initiatives including Publisher Fellowships and Alumni Writing Weeks. 'I thank the Board for the many opportunities you have made possible for me, and I thank Mick Dark (son of Eleanor, who donated her house) for what he has so magnificently enabled for the Australian writing community", said Peter Bishop.
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Call for poems for Hunter Writers’ Centre monthly newsletter
Hunter Writers’ Centre will be accepting poems or short stories for the HWC monthly newsletter, so if you have something you would like published, send it in to us at email@example.com
Poems can be up to 30 lines, and short stories no longer than 1000 words. Excerpts from novels are also welcome. Please send documents as attachments in size 12 TNR font, and have HWC submission in the subject line of your email. They can't pay for submissions but it's a good opportunity to read local talent.
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RED ROOM COMPANY calls for submissions for SMH ‘Extra’ section
(up to 2 poems of 20 lines maximum – new and emerging poets encouraged to apply)
THE RED ROOM COMPANY IS CALLING ON POETS FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA TO SUBMIT POEMS FOR PUBLICATION IN THE SUN-HERALD ‘EXTRA’ SECTION.
This new series of poems will have a focus on younger and emerging writers trying to make a name for themselves as poets. We want all styles of poetry, so that readers can get a taste of the full palate of current Australian poetry. The only limitation is space.
Submit as attachment: Please send all submissions as a simple Word .doc attachment to
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: ‘Sun Herald Extra Submission’ in the subject header.
Maximum two submissions per poet, and please, remember the size constraints when choosing work
Length: 20 lines is about the max.
REDROOM COMPANY website www.redroomcompany.org
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Mascara Literary Review (Mascara Poetry has expanded! )
Mascara Literary Review is now accepting submissions of poetry, short fiction and essays.
Mascara Literary Review is an online literary journal particularly interested in the work of contemporary Asian (as well as Australian and Indigenous) writers.
In our current issue (Issue 7), Judith Beveridge is the featured poet. Anthony Lawrence will be the featured poet in Issue 8.
We are able to pay: $75 for two or more poems, $50 for reviews and essays. For full submission details visit: www.mascarareview.com/submissions.html
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Submissions invited for Anaphora Literary Press
Message to the Poets Union APC and the new Australian Poetry Ltd members from Phillip Ellis:
“Anna Faktorovich of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal has informed me that she's starting a new press, and that she is interested in strong, full-length poetry collections. I include the following from their website:
"Anaphora Literary Press: Our Press will be listed in the upcoming edition of the Writer's Market and on www.WritersMarket.com We now accept submissions of book-length manuscripts from authors around the world. The submissions should be in English, with MLA citations (if it
is an academic book). Genres we hope to publish: academic and scholarly books, drama, novels and novellas, poetry, autobiography, biography, journals, conference proceedings, edited dissertations, and other genres. “
Please email submissions directly to the Publisher: Anna Faktorovich, at email@example.com Profits will be shared with the author for single-author books."
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Poetry: The Indelible Stencil project - expressions of interest sought for regional poets to be part of a creative team
Poetry: The Indelible Stencil. A message from Lizz Murphy: Are you a poet living in the Upper Lachlan or Wollondilly shires of SE NSW?
Lizz Murphy coordinator of a major regional poetry as public art project, Poetry: The Indelible Stencil, would like to hear from emerging and established poets based specifically in the Upper Lachlan and Wollondilly shires in SE NSW.
I still have one or two openings on the creative team. The project is starting up now with completion of public works planned for mid-2011. To express interest please send a bio, the town you live in and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. I will send you more info at that point. Poetry: The Indelible Stencil is a partnership with Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) and eight local governments. It is supported by NSW Regional Arts Fund and CASP.
I am particularly interested in hearing from poets from the following postcodes:
Wollondilly (postcodes are a loose guide: 2560-2574)
• Appin 2560
• Bargo 2574
• Belimbla Park 2570
• Brownlow Hill 2570
• Buxton 2571
• Camden Park 2570
• Cawdor 2570
• Couridjah 2571
• Douglas Park 2569
• Glenmore 2570
• Menangle 2568
• Mount Hunter 2570
• Mowbray Park 2571
• Nattai and the Burragorang Valley 2570
• Oakdale 2570
• Pheasants Nest 2574
• Picton 2571
• Razorback 2571
• Silverdale 2572
• Tahmoor 2573
• The Oaks 2570
• Theresa Park 2570
• Thirlmere 2572
• Warragamba 2572
• Wilton 2571
• Yanderra 2574
• Yerranderie ?
Upper Lachlan (postcodes are a loose guide: 2580-2583)
Grabben Gullen 2583
Bigga & Grabine “
Tuena & Laggan “
Project Coordinator for
Poetry: The Indelible Stencil
PO Binalong NSW 2584
Phone: 02 6227 4393
Working in partnership with Elizabeth Brown Regional Arts Development Officer
Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) Phone 4821 7028 Email email@example.com
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Cordite Poetry Review ‘Epic’ 31st issue published December 2009.
Submissions now open for Cordite Poetry Review.
Message from David Prater (Ed) – we are not accepting submissions of haiku or senryu .
Details available at www.cordite.org.au
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Jazz and Poetry section of annotated discography on jazz and literature
- Submissions invited
From PU member Peter JF Newton :
I am nearing completion of the jazz & poetry section of a three-part annotated discography on jazz & literature which I expect to publish next year. The scope of this section includes recitation accompanied by jazz in any of its many varieties, poems converted to jazz vocal performances and instrumental compositions inspired by the work of individual poets. The emphasis here is on poetry with jazz and improv music as I know them; I have no wish to stray into the world of rock, rap, hip-hop and so on because they are well beyond my domain of competence.
I have adequate access to the world literature for this type of work and am in touch with a number of major overseas jazz poets working in this field, so I am looking specifically for Australian and New Zealand information which sadly seems to escape the literature.
The details sought are as follows: Band or artist name, recording dates and locations, identification of poets and composers, accompanying musicians and their instruments (including the voice), poem or song titles, type of recording medium together with recording company names, catalogue numbers, and album titles. A reference point for accessibility to these products would be a useful addition.
The recording medium can be any type of modality and of commercial, private or archival provenance.
Details should be sent to me (Peter Newton) as Chair, NSW Jazz Archive Inc., 30 Boorea St, Blaxland, NSW 2774.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (02) 4739-1715.
All advice received will be acknowledged in the book when it appears.
Best regards, Peter J.F. Newton.
e-zines, on-line courses and e-anthologies for poets
“1960” live video stream Tues 7th Dec. At 10.00 am – the Kelly Writers’ House, Pennsylvania. A brief retrospective review of a book published that year. Recordings in PennSound and Poets’ commentaries will be published as ‘the poetry & poetics of 1960’ in Jacket 2.
If you can't make it to Philly, watch this live as a video stream. Just go here http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/
at 10.00 am Tuesday 7th December -Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Event: symposium on poetry of 1960 – recorded, live stream and eventually available at PennSound and published in Jacket 2
Date: AUSTRALIAN EASTERN TIME: WEDNESDAY 7th December 10.00 AM (Back in the USA : Monday, December 6)
Time: Australian Eastern daylight saving time: 10.00 am Wednesday morning
Venue: the Arts Café
Address: Kelly Writers House,
3805 Locust Walk
Free entry: No registration required - this event is free & open to the public
About the symposium - the Writers House celebrates what happened in poetry a half century ago with a symposium entitled POETRY IN 1960. Symposium host and Writers House faculty director AL FILREIS brings together eleven poets each to discuss a seminal work from that pivotal year -- work by Frank O’Hara, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Cage, Barbara Guest, Larry Eigner, and Jackson Mac Low. A Q&A and reception will follow. We hope you will join us for this exciting confabulation!
If you can't make it to Philly, watch this live as a video stream. Just click http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/ here at 10.00 am Tuesday 7th December -Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (6 PM US eastern time next Monday) and watch!
The recordings will later be made available in PennSound and the symposium will be published in Jacket2.
The Kelly Writers House presents POETRY IN 1960 - a symposium, featuring
RACHEL BLAU DuPLESSIS
MICHAEL S. HENNESSEY
hosted by AL FILREIS
KWH Faculty Director AL FILREIS curates a remarkable gathering of poets to present brief commentaries of books of poetry published in 1960 – to help mark the 50th anniversary of each.
Each poet will read his or her 500- to 750-word critical commentary or retrospective review, after which there will be a Q&A session and a celebratory reception.
The poets’ commentaries will later be published as a special feature on the poetry & poetics of 1960 in Jacket2...
BOB PERELMAN on The New American Poetry edited by Donald Allen
RON SILLIMAN on The Opening of the Field by Robert Duncan
RACHEL BLAU DuPLESSIS on Second Avenue by Frank O'Hara
CHRIS FUNKHOUSER on Stanzas for Iris Leza by Jackson Mac Low
ERICA KAUFMAN on The Location of Things by Barbara Guest
JUDITH GOLDMAN on The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks
KRISTEN GALLAGHER on Preface to a Twenty Volume Suicide Note by LeRoi Jones
DANNY SNELSON on Cartridge Music by John Cage
MICHAEL S. HENNESSEY on A New Folder edited by Daisy Aldan
CHARLES BERNSTEIN on On My Eyes by Larry Eigner
POETICA – ABC Radio National. Saturdays and Thursdays :
Australia-wide Poetry program - Saturdays at 3.05 pm and repeated Thursdays at 3.05 pm
POETICA is presented by BRENT CLOUGH and MIKE LADD - For further details please contact the producers of Poetica: Mike Ladd (08) 8343 4928 Krystyna Kubiak (08) 8343 4271
Or visit the Poetica website at www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica/
Message from Pennsylvania Literary Journal
- Anaphora Literary Press
Message to the Poets Union, APC and Australian Poetry Ltd members from Phillip Ellis:
Anna Faktorovich of the Pennsylvania Literary Journal is starting a new press, and she is interested in strong, full-length poetry collections.
"Anaphora Literary Press: Our Press will be listed in the upcoming edition of the Writer's Market and on www.WritersMarket.com We now accept submissions of book-length manuscripts from authors around the world. The submissions should be in English, with MLA citations (if it is an academic book). Genres we hope to publish: academic and scholarly books, drama, novels and novellas, poetry, autobiography, biography, journals, conference proceedings, edited dissertations, and other genres. “
Please email submissions directly to the Publisher: Anna Faktorovich, at email@example.com. Profits will be shared with the author for single-author books."
e-guide on publishing – pdf of 2nd edition still available for $10
and new (3rd) edition of ‘A Decent Proposal’ on its way in Feb. 2011
A Decent Proposal.
How to sell your book to an Australian publisher or agent
by Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth
(Keesing Press, Australian Society of Authors, 2011)
The third, fully revised edition of this resource book for writers will be available in February 2011. The book will be published in soft cover and e-book versions, and we’ll let you know as soon as stock is available.
In the meantime, the pdf version of the second edition is still available (for $10) from Sheila Hollingworth or www.rhondawhitton.com.au
Sheila Hollingworth, Writer & Cartoonist
Ph/fax 03 5348 2494 Website: www.cartoonsbysheila.com
Writing can be a self-absorbing process and emerging authors often overlook the importance of presenting their book to a publisher or agent in a concise, convincing and professional Book Proposal package.
Based on the authors’ own experiences, an industry-wide survey and using various writers’ successful proposals as examples, A Decent Proposal introduces writers to the techniques required to develop a convincing Book Proposal package that will satisfy (yes, and even excite) an Australian publisher or agent.
‘Whether you've completed a fantasy novel or just had an original idea for a self-help book, knowing how to pitch your concept to the right agent or publisher is an essential part of your writer's toolbox.
A Decent Proposal takes you into the bewildering world of selling your work, guides you through the do's and don'ts, shows you how to make your baby stand out in a competitive crowd. Be a professional suitor: learn to propose.’ Jane Sullivan, The Age.
‘If I had a dollar for every time I’ve recommended this book I could probably retire!’ Sally Bird, Calidris Literary Agency.
Big Game Books accepting queries re full-length poetry manuscripts
Via the Dumbfoundry blog
Big Game Books is accepting queries for full-length poetry manuscripts (i.e., manuscripts between 48-96 pages) through April 1.
Now up on the Poets Union website www.poetsunion.com : the 2008 Longlines e-anthology (from the 2008 Australian Poetry Festival is now up on the Poets Union website. The 2008 Longlines Fellows were:
Ali Cobby-Eckermann, Helen Hagemann, Kimberley Mann and Andrew Slattery.
What is Longlines? In 2008, the Australian Poetry Centre, together with the Varuna Writers’ Centre, devised a fellowship for poets who lived more than 100 kilometres outside Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Canberra. Four Fellows were invited to spend a week at Varuna workshopping their poetry with Ron Pretty. The manuscripts were then published in a series which effectively became a continuation of the Five Islands New Poets collections.
The New Poets Series 2009, comprises:
- little bit long time by Ali Cobby Eckermann
- Evangelyne & other poems by Helen Hagemann
- Awake During Anaesthetic by Kimberley Mann
- Canyon by Andrew Slattery
FROM THIS BROKEN HILL http://brokenhill.tripod.com/BrokenHill.htm
Meuse Press has released an e-anthology titled “From This Broken Hill” – a unique combination of writing from some of the country’s top writers (past & present) combined with a dazzling array of photography. A place of near mythic proportions, this city deep in the outback. A mine that put the money into Melbourne. Arts hub while simultaneously isolated by distance.
But in some ways Broken Hill was the experiment that became multicultural Australia – it had the country’s first mosque, many communities continue to thrive within its boundaries. The rough heart of Unionism still stands strong. People escape to this city, others escape a childhood there. It has its horrors and highlights, once there you’ll never forget.
Read an excerpt from a Napoleon Bonaparte set in the city, read the view back from leading poet Rae Desmond Jones who grew up there and wonder at the mining waste turned into a thing of beauty surrounded by red soil. Edited by Barbara De Franceschi, Marvis Sofield and Les Wicks.
Supported by Broken Hill Regional Writers’ Centre, Broken Hill City Council, Countrylink & ArtsNSW Available at http://brokenhill.tripod.com/BrokenHill.htm
Guide to Sydney Beaches - http://sydneybeaches.tripod.com/guide.htm
Guide to Sydney Beaches – a driftwood concept. A new web anthology saunters the sand with some of Australia’s leading poets.
Guide to Sydney Beaches - http://sydneybeaches.tripod.com/guide.htm - is aimed at an audience that may not normally access this artform.
This is a driftwood concept – people seeking information about a certain beach stumble across this collection & discover fine Aust poetry. 20 great beaches, 30 superb poets. Hit numbers indicate it is already a huge success. This will increase as we move into Spring. The anthology is from Meuse Press, edited by PU member Les Wicks.
Melaleuca – monthly e-zine of Australian poetry
MELALEUCA is a free e-zine of Australian poetry, delivered monthly
through your email in-box. For submissions and subscriptions, contact
the editor, Phillip A. Ellis, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Folk Odyssey – The Magazine http://www.folkclub.com/folkodyssey/
As you browse Folk Odyssey – the Magazine, you will discover that several sections offer an invitation for you to contribute your work to this enterprise. You may do this in the form of:
-a Letter to the Editor, -an article for Features,
-information for Event Horizon,
-photographs for FolkShot Gallery,
-autobiography for Poet in Profile
-a story for StoryBoard.
PIFF - Poetry in Film Festival
launched – INVITATION TO JOIN THEIR MAILING LIST
PIFF (Poetry in Film Festival) is officially launched. Invitation from the APC (Australian Poetry Centre in Melbourne) to join their mailing list for the Poetry in Film Festival. Click here to subscribe to their mailing list www.poetryinfilmfestival.com.au
Knopf’s National Poetry Month http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/
If you register with Knopf’s National Poetry Month, they will email you a poem every day in April...Every year in celebration of National Poetry Month, Knopf Poetry offers a free poem—along with bonus features like beautiful broadsides, audio clips, and signed books—each day during the month of April through our Poem-a-Day emails.
Enter your email address to sign up http://poem-a-day.knopfdoubleday.com/
OTHER NEWS FOR POETS
Congratulations to Brenda Saunders, winner of the Banjo Paterson award for Open Poetry for her poem ‘Wonderland’
2010 Banjo Paterson Writing Awards Winner by Category:
Open Poetry Winner - Brenda Saunders, Randwick - "Wonderland"
Prose Winner - Jacqueline Winn, Possum Brush - "The Dangers of Swimming"
Bush Poetry Winner - Ron Stevens, Dubbo - "Behind the Flag"
Children's Category Winner - Chris Frith, Baradine - "The Downpour"
This year 151 entries were received in the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards with 60 Prose or Short Story entries, 53 in the Open Poetry, 22 in the Bush Poetry and 16 in the Children’s section. Orange City Librarian Elizabeth Barry said bushfires, drought and animals were recurring themes across all the sections of the competition.
This year bushfires, drought and animals were recurring themes across all the sections of the Banjo Paterson Writing Awards.
We are pleased to announce the following winners:
Prose: Jacqueline Winn, of Possum Brush NSW, for The Dangers of Swimming, Greg McFarland, of Orange NSW, for Roadside Memorial and Kate Rotherham, of Allans Flat VIC, for Shelter.
Open Poetry: Brenda Saunders, of Randwick NSW, for Wonderland.
Bush Poetry: Ron Stevens, of Dubbo NSW, for Behind the Flag and Ellis Campbell, of Dubbo NSW, for The Toll and Ellis Campbell, of Dubbo NSW, for A Dynasty's Demise.
Children's Writing Awards: Chris Frith, of Baradine NSW for The Downpour, Eleanor Delaney, of Orange NSW for The Last Dee Why Day - A True Story and Chester Fitzhardinge, of Balgowlah NSW, for The Dream Protectors.
The Yvonne Zola Encouragement Award goes to Elise Sinclair, of Orange NSW, for her story, Tommy in Trouble.
Petition re Creative Writing Courses at TAFE from Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) in Victoria
To: Stakeholders and Interested Parties to the TAFE Diploma of Professional Writing And Editing
Dear FAW Members and Associated writers,
The Fellowship is not normally politically active but in this case we're taking the time to seek your support in signing Petition attempting to overturn an attempt to eliminate creative writing from the newly accredited TAFE Diploma of Professional Writing And Editing, due to take effect in 2012.
The attachment to this email explains in full detail what that impact is, how it came about, and the recommendations we are making to the State Minister for Education & Training, to redress this unacceptable situation.
We hope you can take the time to read of our concerns. If you decide to support the Petition, you can click on the following link (or paste it in your web browser and press return) and register as a signatory:
We would also like you to forward this email to any on your email list who may be interested in supporting the Petition.
Thanking you in advance for your support,
Philip Rainford Gail Blundell
President Vice President
New Arts Venue – call for expressions of interest by Jan 28, 2011
The NSW Arts Minister, Virginia Judge, has called for registrations of interest from not-for-profit arts organisations interested in using Pier 2 / 3 at Walsh Bay. “The NSW government secured a 99 year lease over Pier 2 / 3 earlier this year, ensuring the iconic structure would be utilised for arts and cultural activities into the future,” she says. “We’re now calling for expressions of interest for long-term arts and cultural uses of the pier.” Used by a variety of arts organisations including Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Biennale of Sydney, the pier will be refurbished, adding to the arts and cultural hub at Walsh Bay.
Registrations of interest close on January 28.
Details at www.arts.nsw.gov.au
Congratulations to Ray Liversidge, winner of the 2010 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize
Congratulations to Ray Liversidge, winner of the 2010 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize for his poem ‘The Lawn’.
Ray Liversidge has won the 2010 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize.
Ray Liversidge’s poems have been published in journals and anthologies in Australia, Britain, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the USA. He has written a book of poetry Obeying the Call, a verse novel The Barrier Range and a chapbook The Divorce Papers which was published this year. He is currently working on a manuscript on the work and lives of dead poets.
Ray has his own website... http://poetray.wordpress.com/
The details of the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize can be found at the USQ website: http://www.usq.edu.au/arts/community/poetryprize
Congratulations to Judith Beveridge, winner of the 2010 Grace Leven Poetry Prize for her collection ‘Storm and Honey’
Scanlon Prize for a collection of Indigenous Poetry – Jeanine Leane
2010 Winner of the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry
At the Poets Union Australian Poetry Festival held in The Rex Centre, Kings Cross, Sydney (4-5 September) the judge for this year’s Scanlon Prize, Yvette Holt from Queensland, announced and introduced the winner, Jeanine Leane, for her book of poems Dark Secrets (PressPress, 2010).
In the judge’s words "Leane's journey is interwoven with post-colonial stitches of a matriarchal society. Aboriginal women's voices echo throughout this divine collection of contemporary storytelling."
Ms Holt added that the Scanlon Prize “is an award of national significance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander poets to aspire to in recognition of their published poetry, independent of state literary awards.”
Jeanine Leane is a writer and educator who lives in Canberra, ACT.
Cricket Poetry Award – winner announced: Matt Young for his poem, ‘Gentleman Jim’
Matt Young’s “Gentleman Jim” wins the 2010 Cricket Poetry Award.
Over one hundred entries were received from the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Bahrain and Australia for the Cricket Poetry Award competition in 2010.
The last four poems were selected and publicly read at the Cricket Art Prize opening - Members Pavilion, Sydney Cricket Ground on October 7th.
The judges, Peter Fenton and Sally Loane agonised over which poem should win. “In the end, we had to make some tough decisions and it wasn’t an easy process.” said Peter Fenton
Sally Loane added “As judges we were drawn to poems that were more of a personal nature. Rather than depicting characters and actions, we were lured to the poet's own state of mind, emotions and views.”
“Gentleman Jim” by Matt Young pays homage to the many time-honoured and experienced umpires that diligently adjudicate the weekend games in social, grade and competition cricket over the summer.
Ian Reed Foundation 2010 - Writers-in-residence announced
Following a call-out by the Ian Reed Foundation, nearly 200 writers applied for two writer-in-residence opportunities with ABC Radio National. Congratulations to composer/writer Rosalind Page from regional New South Wales, who will work on her play Wildlife and Michele Lee from Melbourne, with her work See how the Leaf People Run.
These residencies will be based in ABC Radio National’s drama unit in Melbourne and Sydney.
Applications were received from all over Australia from writers who have not previously written for radio including poets, essayists, journalists and songwriters. In addition to creating a work for potential broadcast, the successful recipients will have the chance to observe work on other productions and to collaborate with ABC Radio National’s award-winning sound engineers and drama producers.
Michele Lee's play See how the Leaf People Run is about an orphan Hmong boy, Charlie, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder who almost drowned trying to cross the Mekong river to get from Laos, to Thailand and then to Melbourne.
“I'm really looking forward to learning more about the medium and the process of production,” Michele Lee said when her successful application was announced.
Michele’s Ian Reed Foundation residency comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of her appointment as a 2010 Melbourne Theatre Company Emerging Writer.
“The opportunity to work with percussionist Claire Edwards to further develop Wildlife is beyond my wildest dreams - just thrilling news!”, said composer/writer Rosalind Page.
Ian Reed was a notable Australian writer of radio drama. He loved the freedom of the medium and when he died in 1979 he left the bulk of his estate to the ABC to encourage ‘potential and aspiring’ writers of radio drama. The Ian Reed Foundation administers the fund that is used to provide for competitions, workshops, script development and dramaturgy as well as other activities intended to support new writers for radio.
For further information about the Ian Reed Foundation, visit abc.net.au/rn/ianreed
For media enquiries, please contact Nicola Fern, Marketing Manager, ABC Radio National on 03 9626 1758 or email@example.com
Poet Philip Gross is the winner of the Wales Book of the Year 2010 for his collection of poems ‘I Spy Pinhole Eye’
The Winner is … Philip Gross, I Spy Pinhole Eye (Cinnamon)
Poet Philip Gross has won the Wales Book of the Year 2010 for I Spy Pinhole Eye - a collection of poems published by Cinnamon Press. The announcement was made on Wednesday 30 June at a Gala Dinner at St David’s Hotel in Cardiff, introduced by BBC Wales Political Editor, Betsan Powys. Gross was presented with the £10,000 prize by Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones.
Philip Gross is the author of twelve poetry collections, including The Water Table which won the T S Eliot Prize 2010, as well as a fiction writer, dramatist and Professor of Creative Writing at Glamorgan University. He lives in Cardiff.
I Spy Pinhole Eye is a collaborative work between poet and photographer. Simon Denison uses a pinhole camera to transform that most mundane of objects – the footings of electricity pylons - while Philip Gross’s poems explore the act of seeing and interpretation.
Congratulations to Nathan Curnow winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize for his poem endtime
Nathan Curnow is the winner of The Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize 2010 for his poem endtime.
2010 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize winners:
First Prize ($10,000) ‘endtime’ by Nathan Curnow, Victoria
Second Prize ($5,000) ‘Always Sometimes Never’ by Andrew Slattery, New South Wales
Commended ($2,500) ‘One Broken Knife’ by Carmen Leigh Keates, Queensland
Commended ($2,500) ‘Dead Sea Psalms’ by Jill Pattinson, Victoria
Judges' comments: http://www.textjournal.com.au/ulrick
Read the 2009 and 2010 winners and see the judges' comments at http://www.textjournal.com.au/ulrick
Visit the Griffith University website http://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-languages-criminology/school-humanities/news-and-events/josephine-ulrick-prizes
Jordie Albiston winner of the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier’s Award for Literature) for her collection ‘the sonnet according to ‘m’
Jordie Albiston lives in Melbourne, where she was born in 1961. She is a poet whose work frequently reflects historical research. Australian composer Andrée Greenwell has adapted two of her books (Botany Bay Document, 1996 - retitled Dreaming Transportation - and The Hanging of Jean Lee, 1998) for music-theatre: both enjoyed seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Nervous Arcs won the Mary Gilmore Award for a first book of Australian poetry in 1995, and was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize. Her fourth collection, The Fall, was shortlisted for Premier's Prizes in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Here fifth, Vertigoa cantata was published by John Leonard Press, in 2007. She holds a PhD in literature.
The letter ‘m' is emblematic of recurrence and precipitousness in these poems. They emerge with the wantonness of sensations in everyday life. In this case three lives: maternal grandmother, paternal great-great grandmother and the poet. Jordie Albiston, with characteristic delicacy and zest, limns these very different women as perspectives to each other.
Recurrence is intrinsic to sonnets. They are patterned internally, and are often paroxysmal: a perfect form and formation for poems which worry the distinction between the fatal and the banal. The sequence tells what happens when you admit the existential into everyday life, in small or large doses. The results can be desolate, or sublime. And comedic as well: Albiston knows how to play between darkness and send-up, when it comes to an arduous and animating tension between body and mind.
The Sonnet According to 'M' is published by John Leonard Press
Jordie Albiston, the sonnet according to ‘m'
Derek Motion - winner of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets for his work “forest hill”
07 Apr 2010 : A national prize held in honour of Australian poet Judith Wright has been awarded to Charles Sturt University (CSU) postgraduate student, Mr Derek Motion. The 2010 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, valued at $3 000, has been won by the poet and PhD student for his work, ‘forest hill’.
The successful poets featured at a presentation event at the Melbourne Emerging Writers’ Festival on Saturday 29 May, alongside Keri Glastonbury and Gig Ryan (poetry editors of Overland and The Age respectively).
In addition to the prize money, Mr Motion’s poem will be published in the next issue of Overland, a quarterly e-bulletin about events, politics and literature. He was presented the poetry award at the 2010 Emerging Writers’ Festival in the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 29 May.
Commenting on the winning entries including Mr Motion’s work, judge Dr Keri Glastonbury found, “…this loose-knit community is where a lot of the energy and action in Australian poetry is, and I look forward to seeing these poets release first books”.
Mr David Gilbey, Senior Lecturer in English at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga said, “I'm delighted at Derek's continuing success in the lists of Australian letters. Derek's poetry is concentrated, allusive, multi-faceted, drawing on literary traditions and contemporary cultural and technological practices. It is also finely human and wittily self-facing - a pleasure to read.
“Like Judith Wright's poetry, Derek combines metaphysical, personal and social concerns. He richly deserves this award and it's a mark of the modernity and integrity of the judging that his poetry has been recognised.”
Mr Motion named his poem ‘forest hill' after the area on the outskirts of Wagga Wagga where he spent some of his early years and where went to primary school.
“In particular I think I was concerned with locating imagery surrounding the time when you start to become who you are; a kind of site of individuation and thinking about what this means for the adult me,” Mr Motion said.
It is not the first time the CSU postgraduate student has had his work honoured at the national level.
In October 2009, Mr Motion received an Australia Council 2010 Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators’ Initiative Grant, valued at $15 000. Read more here.
Mr Motion is doing his PhD through the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at CSU in Wagga Wagga. His research focuses on his own poetry in the context of Australian poets, Christopher Brennan (1870-1932) and Michael Dransfield (1948-1973).
Living in Wagga Wagga with his young family, Mr Motion is also Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre at CSU.
Jean Kent WINNER of The Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize
Congratulations to PU member Jean Kent. Meanjin is delighted to announce that the inaugural winner of the Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize for 2009 is Jean Kent, for her poem ‘The Polish Guitarist’s First Paris Concert’ (Vol 68/4).
The prize was run this year as a tribute to much-loved Australian poet, Dorothy Porter, and her legacy of work, and is co-sponsored by Porter’s agent, Jenny Darling & Associates. Kent’s poem was chosen by judges Andrea Goldsmith and Kristin Henry out of all the poems accepted for publication in Meanjin throughout 2009. She was presented with a $1,000 cash prize at an awards ceremony to be held at Gleebooks in Sydney on Saturday 14 November at 4pm. The event featured readings from Porter’s most recent collection, The Bee Hut, which was published by Black Inc. in September 2009. ‘The Polish Guitarist’s First Paris Concert’ will also be published in the forthcoming December edition of Meanjin. Jean Kent has released three books of poetry, including Verandahs, which was recently republished by Picaro Press in its Art Box Series. Her fourth collection, Travelling with the Wrong Phrase Books, was highly commended for the 2008 Alec Bolton Prize. She lives at Lake Macquarie in NSW. Meanjin is pleased to announce that the Dorothy Porter Prize will run again in 2010
Congratulations to Ali Cobby Eckerman - Ali Cobby Eckerman has had a series of Yankunytjatjara Love Poems selected for inclusion in Best Poems 2010 by Black Inc.
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Emma Jones WINNER Best First Collection, FORWARD PRIZE for her collection ‘The Striped World’
Congratulations to Australian poet, Emma Jones. Emma Jones's The Striped World, inspired by her home country of Australia, was named winner of the £5,000 best first collection prize. Hart called her "an ambitious and intriguing new voice" whose poems "are both elliptical and visionary – inhabiting a parallel world of strange disjointed images within which we nevertheless find echoes of familiar experience".
and congratulations to Forward Prize Winner: Don Paterson Scottish poet Don Paterson has triumphed over one of the strongest poetry shortlists in years to take the Forward prize for best collection with Rain. Paterson, 45, beat a line-up of acclaimed poets including Peter Porter, Sharon Olds and Glyn Maxwell to win the £10,000 award for Rain, a continuation of his personal and philosophical exploration of the world around him.
Congratulations to Jean Valentine - Jean Valentine has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets.
The $100,000 prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
and to Harryette Mullen Harryette Mullen has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Academy Fellowship. The Fellowship is awarded to a poet for distinguished poetic achievement and provides a stipend of $25,000. The Academy’s Board of Chancellors, a body of sixteen eminent poets, selects the Wallace Stevens Award and Academy Fellowship recipients. Who says poetry isn’t profitable? Full story is here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/21013
Christine Paice WINNER of The Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize 2009
Congratulations to Christine Paice poet and long term member of the Poets Union who was the winner of the 2009 Josephine Ulrick Poetry prize with her poem The Ministry Of Going In. Sorry we are so late in acknowledging it Christine – it’s wonderful news! A copy of the poem is on the Poets Union Website under Festivals and Competitions.
Lucy Holt WINNER of the 2009 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Congratulations to Lucy Holt - The 2009 NSW Premiers Literary Awards were announced at the Sydney Writers Festival.
Congratulations to Lucy Holt on her receipt of the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry for her collection ‘Man Wolf Man’. Lucy was a 2004 Poets Union ‘Australian Young Poets Fellowship’ holder and was mentored by the Poets Union. In 2005 the Poets Union published a chapbook of Lucy’s poems ‘Stories of A Bird’. The Poets Union is committed to raising funds to develop our mentoring, Poetry Fellowships, Poetry Scholarships, Residencies and Prizes. The full list of winners of The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and more information about the awards can be found here: http://www.pla.nsw.gov.au/
TURNED 21 - The Words We Found: the best writing from 21 years of Voiceworks magazine.
Edited by Lisa Dempster, The Words We Found: the best writing from 21 years of Voiceworks magazine is Express Media’s coming-of-age anthology and, like all good 21st celebrations, it’s a fierce, flirtatious and furious record of our life so far.
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