A sad and bloodied week for the arts and Wheeler Centre resident orgs Australian Poetry, Express Media and Emerging Writers Festival who have each received $0 in the four-year organisational funding round just announced by the Australia Council. Thanking all colleagues and arts and poetry lovers for your support. AusPo will put out a formal response next week, including to our amazing subscribers.
We are so thrilled to announce the 2016 Scanlon Prize - an award devoted to a full-length collection of poetry from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Submissions are now being sought from poets or publishers for collections published between 1 August 2014 and 1 June 2016, 11.59 pm. Multiple entries are accepted. Submissions need to be received by or postmarked no later than 30 June. http://www.australianpoetry.org/prizes/the-2016-scanlon-prize/
Congratulations Jennifer Maiden! Winner of the Vic Prem’s Award for Poetry AND the winner of the overall award.
We are thrilled to re-publish Lionel Fogarty's poem from the just launched Australian edition of 'Poetry' magazine, ed. Don Share, guest ed. Robert Adamson, images by Juno Gemes, May 2016. With permission of the magazine and Juno Gemes - check out the formal launch at SWF later this month! Congratulations to all the brilliant Aust poets included. http://www.australianpoetry.org/poem-of-the-moment/head-keeper-futures-corridors-bay-by-lionel-g-fogarty/ Link
The Emerging Writers Festival program has been launched! Book in your places to this fantastic workshop we are a part of! Hosted by poet Toby Fitch, this workshop will open your eyes to the potential of the poem on the page. By tracing historical examples of visual and concrete poetry — from ancient Greek to early modernist to recent local works — and then by assembling a visual poem of your own, you will learn to explode your poetry across the page, and not just from top to bottom or left to right — in any direction. Bring text (your own poem, another’s, or whatever you like) to reshape during the workshop. $35 full / $30 concession. Presented in partnership with Australian Poets Festival and Cordite Poetry Review. http://www.emergingwritersfestival.org.au/event/writers-night-school-poetry-eye/ Link