Below, we have listed various interesting Australian poetry organisations.
Poets Union Inc
PO Box 91 Balmain NSW 2041
Tel: 02 9818 5366 | Fax: 02 9818 5377
| News, events, forums and members web sites
Formed in Melbourne in 1977 but now based in Sydney, the Poets Union’s main aim is to encourage and develop opportunities for poets and contemporary poetry in Australia and has many members across Australia. The Union organises poetry readings, workshops, tours and festivals, produces a quarterly magazine, Five Bells, a more frequent newsletter, and maintains a web site.
The Poetry Australia Foundation
PO Box U34 Wollongong University 2500
Tel: 02 4221 3867
| News, forums,contact details
The Poetry Australia Foundation has been established to promote the enjoyment of poetry - the writing, reading, reviewing and dissemination of poetry in all its forms. Membership is free. The Foundation publishes the magazine, Blue Dog. The Foundation aims to run readings by local, national and international poets; explore the possibilities of poetry at all levels of education; establish a library of Australian poetry and explore ways of supporting the work of other writers' organisations.
The Thylazine Foundation: Arts, Ethics and Literature
GPO Box 1480 Darwin NT 0801
Tel: +61-(0)8-8928-0765 Mob: 0418 515 411
| Magazine, poets' directory, Poets for Peace, news
The Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. Its focus is in creating opportunities for Australian artists and writers, the promotion of Australian arts and literature as an educational resource to a worldwide audience and the encouragement of philanthropy within Australia's creative arts community with a particular emphasis on children, animal rights, the environment and indigenous Australian issues. The Foundation also publishes the on-line journal, Thylazine, on the web site listed above.
The Red Room Company
PO Box 1389 Darlinghurst, NSW, 1300
| Projects, news, links
The Red Room Company creates, produces and distributes poetry by new and emerging Australian writers to the public by working with radio, new media and alternatives to traditional poetry production. More details are available on the Company’s site.
6 Tunks St | Waverton, NSW AUSTRALIA
+61 2 9955 2662
| News, events, articles, links
Vibewire.net is an on-line organisation serving creative young people, including poets. It is currently running an on-line poetry residency. It is a project of VibeWire Youth Services, an incorporated, volunteer-based, non-profit youth media and training organisation.
Australia Council for the Arts
372 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW
PO Box 788, Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel: (02) 9215 9000 | Toll-free: 1800 226 912 | Fax: (02) 9215 9111
| Guidelines for applicants, policies, downloadable forms
The Australian Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body. The Council's Literature Board funds writers, including poets.
11-13 Lincoln Square South Carlton Vic 3053
Post: University of Melbourne, Vic 3031
Tel: (03) 9349 1899| Fax: (03) 9347 1768
| Guidelines for applicants
Asialink offers residencies in Asian countries for Australian writers, including poets. The program is advertised annually.
Each Australian state and territory has an arts funding agency, listed below. They fund literature organisations and projects, including poets and poetry.
PO Box 242 Civic Square ACT 2608
Postal Address | Zipcode | City
Tel: (02) 6207 2384| Fax: (02) 6207 2386
GPO Box 1436 Brisbane Qld 4001
Tel: (07) 3224 4896| Toll-free: 1800 175 531 | Toll-free fax: 1800 175 532
8th Floor, 22 Elizabeth Street Hobart Tas 7000
GPO Box 646 Hobart Tas 7001
Tel: (03) 6233 7308 | Fax: (03) 6223 8424
Level 6, 2 Kavanagh Street South Melbourne Vic 3006
Private Bag No 1 South Melbourne Vic 3205
Tel: (03) 9954 5000 | Fax: (03) 9686 6186
GPO Box 1774 DARWIN NT 0801
Tel: (08) 8924 4400 | Toll-free: 1800 678 237 | Fax: (08) 8924 4409
NSW Ministry for the Arts
Level 9, St James Centre 111 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A226 Sydney NSW 1235
Tel: (02) 9228 5533 | Fax: (02) 9228 4722 | Toll-free: 1800 358 594 (in NSW)
GPO Box 2308 Adelaide SA 5001
Tel: (08) 8463 5444 | Fax: (08) 8463 5420
PO Box 8349 Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Tel: (08) 9224 7310 | Toll-free: 1800 199 090 | Fax: (08) 9224 7311
Magazines and journals
Australian Book Review
PO Box 2320
Richmond South Vic 3121
Publishes at least one poem per month, as well as book reviews. Print with some online content.
PO Box U34
Wollongong University 2500
Publishes poetry, poetry reviews and articles on poetics. Print.
Began as a print journal but now converted to online format.
c/o Professional Writing and Editing
Vocational Access and Education
Box Hill Institute
PO Bag 2014 | Box Hill Vic 3128
Online magazine annually produced by Victoria’s Box Hill TAFE.
dotlit The Online Journal of Creative Writing
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434 | Brisbane Q4001
Online magazine produced by the Creative Writing & Cultural Studies, QUT, Brisbane.
PO Box 368
North Hobart Tasmania 7002
Bi-annual journal featuring prose, poetry, book reviews, articles, essays, special haiku section, news. Print.
Online magazine featuring bi-lingual writing from mainly Australia and Austria.
Going Down Swinging
PO Box 24
Clifton Hill Victoria 3068
Annual literary magazine featuring fiction, poetry, comics and spoken word, all in the one book/CD package.
PO Box 752
Artamon NSW 1570
An Australian-based international literary magazine featuring poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, art and photography. Print.
PO Box 6099
St Lucia Qld 4067
An interdisciplinary journal of women’s studies, includes poems and short fiction. Print.
An online magazine from the producers of papertiger.
inflect: a journal of multimedia writing
Showcases text, visual image and sound, based at the University of Canberra Centre for Writing.
PO Box 210
Sandy Bay Tas 7005
Tasmanian-based literary journal. Print.
Online magazine featuring Australian and international poets and commentary.
Began life as a print journal and now solely online.
187 Grattan St
Carlton, Vic 3053
Tel 03 9342 0317
One of Australia’s oldest literary journals.
Otherland Literary Journal
Kingsbury Vic 3083
Tel/Fax 03 9467 8169 (Domestic)
First (and only) bilingual journal of Chinese-Australian writing, edited by Australian poet Ouyang Yu. Print.
PO Box 14146
Melbourne Vic 8001
Australia's 'leading radical literary and cultural magazine' founded in 1954. Print with some online content as Overland Express.
P O Box 5532
West End, QLD, 4101
Publishes page, audio and visual poetry annually on CD ROM (PC compatible only). Some online content.
An online production featuring poems and prose, based in Perth.
PO Box 82
Balmain NSW 2041
Journal of conservative ideological comment also featuring poems and short fiction. Print.
On-line magazine featuring 'socialist, realist and humanitarian themes'.
On-line Brisbane-based magazine, featuring radical political comment, edgy writing and Brisbane gig guide.
C/- Department of English
Main Campus | University of Sydney, NSW 2006
One of Australia’s oldest literary magazines. Print.
Stylus Poetry Journal
Online magazine featuring poetry, reviews, articles.
Online production, presenting a cumulative archive of poems by established and new poets.
Monthly, free, creative writing street press magazine based in Queensland. Print.
PO Box 527
Ingleburn NSW 2565
Biannual online magazine from the The Thylazine Foundation: Arts, Ethics and Literature.
Meat Market Arts House
42 Courtney Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
Features writing from young and emerging writers. Print.
The archives of the following Australian literary magazines, no longer being published, are still on line for reading:
ABC RADIO NATIONALSaturdays @ 3pm www.abc.net.au/rn/arts/poetica
Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM
Mondays @ 3.30 pm (rpt Sat @ Noon)
Most mainstream publishers in Australia, with the occasional exception, no longer publish contemporary Australian poetry. There are a number of smaller, independent publishers which publish poetry solely or as part of their lists. Many offer on-line sales.
403 St Georges Rd
Fitzroy North Vic 3068
Tel 03 9489 1716 | Fax 03 9489 5318
Brandl & Schlesinger Pty Ltd
Blackheath NSW 2875
Tel 02 4787 5848 | Fax 02 4787 5672
Catchfire Press Inc
PO Box 2101
Dangar NSW 2309
Tel 02 4957 5562 | Fax 02 4950 9658
NSW regional publisher.
Coal River Press
PO Box 5276
Newcastle West NSW 2302
Tel 02 4961 1696 | Fax 02 4962 3959
Regional publisher based in the Hunter region, NSW.
6 Salisbury Crescent
Launceston, Tas, 7250
Phone/Fax +61 3 6331 9658 | Mob 0418 308 446
Focus on Tasmanian authors.
Five Islands Press
PO Box U349
Wollongong NSW 2500
Tel 02 4271 5292 | Fax 02 9430 5242
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
PO Box 158
North Fremantle WA 6159
Tel 08 9430 6331 | Fax 08 9430 5242
Publishes authors with a Western Australian connection.
Friendly Street Poets Incorporated
c/- The Writers Centre
PO Box 3697
Norwood SA 5067
Tel 08 8362 8704
Publishes South Australian poets.
Gangan Books Australia
PO Box 522
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Tel 02 9280 2120 | Fax 02 9280 2130
Publisher with Australian and Austrian connections.
Giramondo Publishing Company
PO Box 752
Artarmon NSW 1570
Tel 02 9419 7934 | Fax 02 9419 7934
Treetop Studio, 9 Kuhler Court
Carindale Qld 4152
Tel 0412 313 923 or 07 3395 0269 | Fax 07 3324 9319
Island Press Cooperative
29 Park Rd
Woodford NSW 2778
Tel 02 4758 6635
Works on a collective publishing basis.
41 Barham St
Allenby SA 5009
Tel 08 8346 7449 | Fax 08 8357 2110
An e-book publisher.
Kardoorair Press Pty Ltd
GPO Box 478
Armidale NSW 2350
Tel 02 6772 2995 | Fax 02 6772 2995
PO Box 668
Broome WA 6725
Tel 08 9192 1991 | Fax 08 9193 5254
Publishes Indigenous authors.
Molonglo Press Pty Ltd
PO Box 55
Hughes ACT 2605
Tel 02 6260 4555 | Fax 02 6260 4499
PO Box 196
North Hobart TAS 7002
Tel 03 6234 8080 | Fax 03 6234 8080
Focus on Tasmanian authors.
Paper Bark Press
PO Box 59
Brooklyn NSW 2083
Tel 02 9985 9249 | Fax 02 9985 9713
5 Ficus St
Brisbane Queensland 4113
Tel 0401 147 107 (domestic) or +617 401 147 107 (int)
Focus on emerging writers, particularly by women, writers from regional areas and writers from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
31 Allara St
Flaxton, Qld, 4560
A small-scale publisher utilising on-line ordering.
On-line and on-demand publisher of poetry chapbooks.
Round Table Publications
PO Box 480
West Ryde NSW 2114
Tel 02 9888 7319 | Fax 029385 1047
Publishes work by Round Table group only.
Publishes pamphlet publications of individual poets, and online.
Spinifex Press Pty Ltd
PO Box 212
North Melbourne Vic 3051
Tel 03 9329 6088 | Fax 03 9329 9238
Publishes work by and about women.
University Of Queensland Press
PO Box 6042
St Lucia Qld 4067
Tel 07 3365 2403 | Fax 07 3365 7579
PO Box 68
Carlton North Vic 3054
Tel 03 9348 2140
Focus on working class writing.
Wakefield Press Australia Pty Ltd
PO Box 2266
Kent Town SA 5071
Tel 08 8362 8800 | Fax 08 8362 7592
Publishes South Australian authors.