We will make them together of grasses and winds
We find along the river of time, made of smooth stone
~ Joy Harjo and Ali Cobby Eckermann from 'Story Tree'
Poetry Month (1–31 August) is a new initiative presented by Red Room Poetry to increase the profile of Australian poetry, poets and publishers.
Our goal is to increase access, awareness, value and visibility of poetry in all its forms and for all audiences. The inaugural Poetry Month will be held during August 2021 with the aim of an ongoing annual celebration.
The Poetry Month 2021 program features an electrifying lineup of poetic collaborations, daily poems and writing prompts, online workshops, poetic residencies and live to live-streamed showcases, designed to engage everyone – from veteran poetry lovers to the (for now!) uninitiated.
There's so much more to come! Our Poetry Month Calendar is your one-stop-shop for all things happening in August. And if you're planning a poetry reading, workshop or backyard ballad in August, the Calendar is also a free platform to promote your upcoming events.
Discover Poetry Month 2021
Poetry AmbassadorsPublic figures representing the form
30in30Original daily poetry commissions
Fair TradePoetic conversations between First Nations poets
Line BreakWeekly online poetry show
Poets in ResidencePoets developing their practice in new ways
ShowcasesNational online and live events
WorkshopsFor every poet, everywhere
Launching Poetry Month | Sunday 21 March 2021 (World Poetry Day)
Featuring the Fair Trade poetic collaboration with Ali Cobby Eckermann and US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo alongside readings by poets Evelyn Araluen, Eileen Chong, Jaya Savige, Phil Wilcox and Caitlin Maling; and performances by musician Ben Salter, comedian Vidya Rajan and spoken-word artist Luka Lesson.
Poetry Month is constantly evolving. If you’d like to contact us in regards to possible partnerships or sponsorship – or how your organisation can be involved, please email us at email@example.com
Partners and Supporters
Poetry Month is proudly supported by the Oranges & Sardines Foundation, Red Room Poetry's Commissioning Circle and other generous partners
Australian Council of the Arts
City of Sydney