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“Poetry both simplifies my world and complicates it at the same time.”

~ Tony Birch, commissioned as part of Poetry Month 2021

August is Poetry Month - a national celebration of Australian poetry

Launched in 2021 by Red Room Poetry, Poetry Month (1-31 August) aims to increase access, awareness and visibility of poetry in all its forms and for all audiences.

This year sees the return of the National Poetry Month Gala celebrating 20 years of Red Room Poetry (including the release of our anthology A Line in the Sand) amongst a raft of exciting new commissions, fresh ambassadors, state and territory showcases (including the first in Byron and Darwin). There's also a range of accessible online events and live streams, workshops by international guest poets, residency call outs, writing prompts via our daily #30in30 comp, poetic installations, and our community calendar.

Check out the full program below, and hit subscribe to our newsletter and YouTube, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to be part of the action!

Poetry Month Calendar - Now Open

In recognition of the incredible range of poetic voices, communities and curators across the continent, we’re asking you to be part of the program! The Poetry Month Calendar warmly invites all Australian arts organisations and community groups to submit their August events for possible inclusion in the Calendar. Please note the micro-grants have now closed, but you can still submit your event in August.

Get in touch

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 poetrymonth@redroompoetry.org

Partners and Supporters

Poetry Month is proudly supported by Red Room Poetry's Commissioning Circle and our generous supporters and partners