New poem in Rabbit Poetry Journal

Thanks to Jennifer Mackenzie and Jessica Wilkinson for publishing my pantoum ‘Sweet Puff’ in Rabbit Poetry Journal Issue 20: Dance, which includes writing by Adam Aitken, Jordie Albiston, Cassandra Atherton, Jennifer Compton and Ravi Shankar, and Jonathan Dunk’s review of Tony Birch’s Broken Teeth.

Also available are Rabbit Issue 21: Indigenous (ed. Alison Whittaker), which includes writing by Evelyn Araluen, Phillip Hall, Natalie Harkin, Craig Santos Perez and Sam Wagan Watson, and, from the Rabbit Poet Series, Dave Drayton’s P(oe)Ms and Melody Paloma’s In Some Ways Dingo.


Transportation Press’ Smoke One

Recently, Transportation Press announced the winner—Daniel Young, for ‘Dalian Blood Futures’ (huzzah!)—and runners-up—Robbie Arnott and Patrick Lenton, for ‘Zoo’ and ‘What is a Hornet’, respectively—for its first international microfiction competition, Smoke, judged by Adam Ouston. Congratulations to Daniel, Robbie and Patrick!

I’m delighted my ‘Do You Mind If (after OW & SB)’ was highly commended alongside writing by Bella Li, Kali Myers and Ben Walter et al. Thanks to Adam, Transportation Press, and Fullers Bookshop, who sponsored the competition.

Smoke One is a collection of the microfiction by the winner, the runners-up and eighteen highly commended writers, and is available in print and electronically.

Glasshouses poems at Verity La, Mary Gilmore Award winner

Thanks to Michele Seminara, Managing Editor of the fabulous Verity La, for publishing four poems from Glasshouses. ‘ENDONE® Oxycodone hydrochloride 5 mg’, ‘Port Curtis Road’s End’, ‘Black Cockatoos’ (after David Brooks) and ‘Matrimonies’ (a cento from Gwen Harwood) are accompanied by Untitled, 2016, by friend and photographer Leigh Backhouse.

And congratulations to Aden Rolfe, winner of the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for False Nostalgia! You can read Tony Messenger’s interviews with Aden, Carmine Frascarelli (shortlisted for Sydney Road Poems), Alison Whittaker (shortlisted for Lemons in the Chicken Wire), Claire Nashar (highly commended for Lake) and me (shortlisted for Glasshouses) here.

2017 Mary Gilmore Award interviews

Recently, Tony Messenger generously interviewed the four poets shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for best first book of poetry—Carmine Frascarelli (for Sydney Road Poems), Aden Rolfe (for False Nostalgia), Alison Whittaker (for Lemons in the Chicken Wire), me (for Glasshouses)—and Claire Nashar (highly commended, for Lake).

You can read these interviews here.

The winner of the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award will be announced 11 July.

Two new poems in Southerly Persian Passages

Chuffed to have a couple of new pantoums—‘Persian Love Cake’ (with a phrase from The Sugarcubes ‘Birthday’) and ‘Moon speaks during Pasur’ (with a phrase from Robert Dessaix’s What Days Are For)—in Southerly Persian Passages alongside writing by Cassandra Atherton, Niloofar Fanaiyan, Mike Greenacre, Matt Hetherington, John Kinsella, Jennifer Mackenzie, George Mouratidis, Hasti Nariyan, Melinda Louise Smith, Robert Wood and Ali Zarrin. Thanks to co-editors Ali Alizadeh and Laetitia Nanquette.

Queensland Poetry Festival 2017

Details about Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 are emerging at QPF’s website.

QPF’s five awards—the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem; the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript; the Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word; the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award; the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize—are now open.

I’m thrilled to be co-judging, with Michelle Cahill, the Val Vallis Award; we look forward to reading your poems!

Congratulations to Ali Cobby Eckermann, QPF’s Indigenous Poet in Residence!

The Arts Queensland Poet in Residence will be announced June 30, 2017.