I find myself in the night, which is your
next day, reaching through
Eternal wonder, through the mind field of prayers, to you
~ Joy Harjo and Ali Cobby Eckermann
Poetry Month (1–31 August) is a new initiative presented by Red Room Poetry to increase the profile of Australian poetry and poets. 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 as an ongoing annual celebration.
In 2021, Poetry Month activities will span:
- signature programs such as 30in30 (daily high profile poetic commissions), Middle of the Air (poetry meets songwriting competition), Fair Trade (an international First Nations poetic exchange) and Poets in Residence (alongside our existing Poetry Fellowship)
- partnered online poetry/spoken word showcases, workshops and international readings
- a live-streamed poetry review show with guests hosts/curators
- engaging a range of Poetry Ambassadors
- a community/sector-driven national Poetry Month Events Calendar
- cultural-placemaking Poetic Moments in various public spaces
- participatory initiatives Poem in Your Pocket and Write a Poem-a-Day (daily prompts with prizes)
- amplification of poetry publishers, book stores and poetry in libraries
- a national youth poetry competition POEM FOREST
Poetry Month launch | Sunday 21 March 2021, 3-4.15pm AEDT
Join us for a Facebook Live on World Poetry Day as we launch the inaugural #PoetryMonth which will run across August 2021!
This special online launch event is packed with poetic goodness featuring Evelyn Araluen, Eileen Chong, Jaya Savige, Phil Wilcox, Caitlin Maling. Ben Salter, Vidya Rajan, Ali Cobby Eckermann, UQP's Aviva Tuffield, and the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. There will be tons of book giveaways and the announcement of the Red Room Poetry Fellow 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: email@example.com