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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

Poetry Month returns throughout August 2022 to celebrate Australian poetry, poets and publishers.

Launched in 2021 by Red Room Poetry, Poetry Month aims to increase access, awareness and visibility of poetry in all its forms and for all audiences. This year, Poetry Month (1-31 August) features a blazing line-up of poetic celebrations, events and showcases in every state and territory as well as a host of ways to get involved. From daily poems and writing prompts to online workshops, prizes and residencies, there's a poem to fit everyone – from seasoned poetry lovers to the unversed.

Check out the full program, read about 30 Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month and sign up for our newsletter for weekly Poetry Month updates.

Poetry Month Program

Featured events

Be part of Poetry Month 2022

Run a regular poetry reading or slam? Want to host a poetry panel, workshop or talk? Bush poetry or haiku breakfast? Our Poetry Month Calendar is now LIVE to help arts orgs and community groups promote their upcoming events for inclusion throughout Poetry Month (1-31 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