Walgajunmanha Walgajunmanha
My faith is in our Ancestors
We carried it forward
For the nyarlu black woman
Storytellers would emerge
Our many matriarchs made us

~ Charmaine Papertalk Green from 'Etched in My Mind', Red Room Poetry Fellow 2023

The Fellowship recognises the achievements and artistic goals of contemporary Australian poets.

The Red Room Poetry 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 include Scott-Patrick Mitchell (2022) Ellen van Neerven (2021) Michelle Cahill (2020), Jeanine Leane (2019), the late Candy Royalle (2018) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (2017). 

Thank you to our 2023 judging panel, Ellen van Neerven, Scott-Patrick Mitchell and David Adès

Fellowship Shortlist 2023

As part of our commitment to supporting the work of our community of poets, the 9 poets in the Red Room Poetry Fellowship shortlist were offered a commission opportunity to extend on the themes in their proposed project.

Featuring brand new works by Magdelena Ball, Nandi Chinna, Anne Elvey, Toby Fitch, Jill Jones, Judith Nangala Crispin, Alicia Sometimes and Jessica L. Wilkinson, explore the full shortlist and their commissioned poems below.

Partners and Supporters

The Red Room Poetry Fellowship is supported by generous individuals and our partners.