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Admissions: Lived Experience Anthology

We've partnered with our MAD Poetry Coordinator, David Stavanger and Upswell Publishing to support the release of the forthcoming lived-experience mental health poetry anthology Admissions: Voices Within Mental Health, which is supported by Australian Council for the Arts.

The anthology will be released October 5 2022 and launched at The Big Anxiety October 7 during Mental Health Week, showcasing established and emerging voices including poets selected as part of our 2021 call out and many of our previously commissioned MAD Poetry writers. Edited by​ David Stavanger, Mohammad Awad, and Radhiah Chowdhury. You can pre-order Admissions here.

The 30 x emerging voices whose work has been selected as part of our 2021 #MADPoetry call out for lived experience mental health poems are:

Steph Amir, Spencer Barberis, Sophie Bellotti, Rosie Bogumil, Jean Burke, Jen Chen, Maja Chodorowski, Andrew Cox, Aloma Davis, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Alan Fyfe, Kristen de Kline, Es Foong, Ela Fornalska, Hope One, Lajos Hamers, Olivia Hamilton, Jenny Hedley, K.J, Saanjana Kapoor, Lesh Karan, Rozanna Lilley, Chris Lynch, Deborah Marcus, Michelle Rickerby, Tess Ridgway, Paris Rose, Samson J. L. Soulsby, Susie Walsh and Arlea Whelan.

Huge congrats to all of these poets and thanks to everyone who made the effort to submit poems, we want to keep hearing new voices in this space.

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