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'Poetry changes lives. In Australia, we have been slow to acknowledge or champion this fact: we have no poet laureate, and rarely is poetry publicly celebrated, even by those who otherwise champion the arts. A national poetry month is long overdue.'

~ Sarah Holland-Batt

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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 celebrate 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 was held during August 2021 with the aim of an ongoing annual celebration. Check out the 2021 program and calendar of community events below!

Discover Poetry Month 2021

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

Partners and Supporters

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