a clavicle or collar bone, a circle of wrist the darkness penetrates.
We laugh carelessly, under a panoply with the stars, on parole,
~ ‘Augury’ by Michelle Cahill
The Red Room Poetry Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets. The Fellowship was established to foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community.
Valued at $10,000, this opportunity encourages poets to undertake an intensive period of creative development involving a range of commissions, residency, recordings and publication outcomes. Previous recipients of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship: Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Jeanine Leane (2019).
Featuring a suite of 10 poems, Michelle's Fellowship project is a poetic reflection and resistance to the impact of colonialism, species hierarchy and climate emergencies following the Australian bush fires and extending her work within Extinction Elegies.
- Michelle's 10 Fellowship poems
- Michelle Cahill at Bundanon Trust
- Poetic reflection: "As a poet, my process embodies scrutiny over invasion"
- Fellow's Statement & Judging Notes
The Shortlisted Poets
- Gloria Demillo
- Luke Fischer
- Toby Fitch
- Zenobia Frost
- Jill Jones
- Scott-Patrick Mitchell
- Nicole Smede
- Mark Tredinnick
- Jessica L Wilkinson
The Fellowship 2021
Applications for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2021 are now open! Previously-commissioned Red Room Poetry poets are warmly invited to apply >
Discover past years
While this Fellowship is currently only open to previously commissioned Red Room Poets, we're always looking for new voices for upcoming poetic projects. If you're interested in a Red Room Poetry commission, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your CV, a suite of your best poems, as well as the kind of projects in which you are interested.
Partners & supporters
Australia Council for the Arts