30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month


  1. Read an original commissioned 30in30 poem by some of our leading poets and writers published daily throughout Poetry Month.
  2. Put a poetry collection near your pillow and read a random line every morning.
  3. Write a poem, write 30 poems! Running 1-31 August, we'll be releasing a new daily writing prompt created by one of our 30in30 commissioned artists. To view the daily prompt and win book prizes, follow us on any of our socials. Guidelines here.
  4. Head along to a poetry showcase in your state or territory showcasing the range of local talent.
  5. Plan out your month poetically with our Poetry Month Calendar.
  6. Run a regular poetry reading or slam? Want to host a poetry panel, workshop or talk? Bush poetry or haiku breakfast? Submit your event to our Poetry Month Calendar here.
  7. Check out a book of poetry from your local library (and request they order in an Australian poetry collection).
  8. Book in for one of our weekly online workshops.
  9. Keep an eye and follow us on our socials across August for fresh daily poetic content via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
  10. Begin your virtual or work meetings by reading an Australian poem.
  11. Book a ticket to the National Poetry Month Gala or tune into the live stream on the night.
  12. Engage with First Nations poetry – check out our Fair Trade and Guwayu projects, share an Indigenous poet’s work with family and friends, grab a book as a gift (for yourself or for others).
  13. Tag your favourite Australian poet online and let them know how much you love their work.
  14. Book a ticket to the Victorian Poetry Month Gala or tune into the live stream on the night.
  15. Check out our Poetry Ambassadors and what poetry means to some of our leading public figures.
  16. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore (or order direct from an Australian poetry publisher.) Buy two, buy three, buy thirty!
  17. Get along to meet and create with our Green Square Library Poets in Residence every Saturday.
  18. Make a poetry playlist, listen to a poetry podcast or tune in to our Poetry Month playlist of songs to get you in the mood.
  19. Sign up for our newsletter for weekly Poetry Month updates.
  20. Create an online post of your Top 5 poems on Red Room Poetry and tag us.
  21. Sign up for a poetry class or workshop through your local writers centre or writers group.
  22. Read and share student poems about the environment. Students and teachers can enter our free nature writing prize POEM FOREST.
  23. Start a virtual poetry reading group during August, inviting friends to share poems.
  24. Play some Australian Hip Hop. Loud.
  25. Check out other recent amazing poetic projects MAD Poetry and Writing In Resistance amplifying marginalised voices.
  26. Subscribe to Australian Poetry or any of the brilliant journals that support the artform.
  27. Share a favourite Australian poem on social media using the hashtag #poetrymonth.
  28. Head along to a live poetry slam or open mic (and get up and share your work).
  29. Keep a poem in your pocket - read it out loud to your friends, family, workmates, to yourself or pass it along to brighten someone's day.
  30. Donate to Red Room Poetry to ensure we can continue to grow Poetry Month – and our other poetic programs – and commission original poetry in all of its forms.