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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review of 'One Hour Seeds Another'

I am humbled by this review. It gives me new heart to push at the boundaries of poetry. Thank you for such a close reading, Nathan Hondros.

Available at Collected Works and 

West Coast news

Allan Padgett the larrikin poet can be heard 
at the Moon this Saturday 31st January, 2015
at Perth Poetry Club.
Perth Poetry Club is Perth's first weekly poetry and spoken word event. Saturdays 2-4pm at The Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, Northbridge. Supported entirely by donations, organised by unpaid volunteers, since March 2009. Featured guests, open mike (up to 3 minutes: that's about 60 lines), professional sound. Everyone is welcome.

Have your say! Melbourne Writers Festival 2015


Happy New Year! This one is going to be big!
In 2015 we are celebrating 30 years of inspiring conversation at Melbourne Writers Festival. There have been thousands of thought-provoking discussions from a long list of brilliant Festival guests over the years. But each year it is our audience that brings the Festival to life by responding passionately to the writing and ideas at the heart of our events.
We want to share our anniversary with Melbourne’s readers, so this year we’re inviting you to play a part in shaping the Festival as an Audience Advocate.
We're appointing a committee of our audience members – Audience Advocates – who’ll have a say in the 2015 Festival program. Our Audience Advocates will work directly with me, helping the MWF programming team create a Festival that is interesting, innovative and relevant to Melbourne’s reading community. 
We’re looking for all kinds of readers and all kinds of ideas! So if you’re passionate about reading and love MWF, this is a great opportunity to get involved, come behind-the-scenes and contribute to the future direction of the Festival. Find out more and apply here.
If you have ideas you can’t wait to share, our new Digital Suggestion Box is now live! All ideas submitted here or via Facebook or Twitter will be reviewed and considered by our programming team, so don’t hold back!
I can’t wait to hear your ideas and to share our 30th Festival with you in 2015.

Lisa Dempster
Festival Director

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Literary Situations Vacant - at Drunken Boat



Drunken Boat [], one of the world’s oldest
electronic journals of the arts and the winner of a South by Southwest Web
Award, is adding to our staff. We¹ve been publishing an immense variety of
work, especially innovative and experimental literature and arts, since
1999. We are an entirely volunteer staff, dedicated to literature and art
and the internet (well, more like literature and the art on the internet,
but we¹re fans of the medium too). According to The Review Review:
³Drunken Boat is, or should be, central to any discussion of literature
online or online literature . . . Drunken Boat is a . . . beautifully
presented, carefully maintained space.²
Applicants with familiarity with working online and working in publishing
are preferred. This is a great opportunity to be responsible with an
independent publisher that publishes books and a highly-acclaimed journal
and that reaches over a hundred thousand unique visitors annually
worldwide. If you¹re interested, please send a CV and a cover letter to
Managing Editor Erica Mena at
Managing Editor / co-Managing Editor
The Managing Editor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of
running an international magazine and press. Working with Executive
Director, Editors, Readers, Developers and Interns to help produce a
tri-annual magazine and one or two books annually. Overseeing the entirety
of the journal operations: including hiring, training, and supervising
staff; maintaining editorial and production workflows; setting issue and
project deadlines; scheduling staff meetings; overseeing publicity and
promotion; overseeing the grant application and reporting processes;
answering email queries; work with the developers and webmaster to design
the look for each new issue. Oversee and initiate new projects including a
book contest, AWP table and readings, and fundraising.
Strong organizational skills, comfort with the technology of web
publishing and virtual workspaces (Drupal, Google Drive, Domain and Apps,
Dropbox, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Submittable, WordPress (for the blog),
MailChimp), and exceptional communication skills essential. Ability to
work with minimal supervision. A familiarity or willingness to learn web
production in Drupal a must.
Attention to details, ability to meet deadlines, working under time
constraints, and manage multiple project elements simultaneously
important. Some experience with basic HTML / CSS highly valued. Experience
with design for print or web highly valued. Copyediting and proofreading
skills preferred.
The Managing Editor may work with a co-Managing Editor, or an Assistant
Managing Editor depending on experience.
Send a CV with cover letter to
Production Editor
The Production Editor is responsible for overseeing the production of
three issues of the online journal a year. Drunken Boat is produced in
Drupal, and has an ongoing relationship with a professional web developer.
The Production Editor oversees the production team, providing training and
assistance, setting the production schedule and communicating the schedule
to editors and the production team, and overseeing sending out author
proofs and making changes to the issue online prior to launch.
Familiarity or willingness to learn Drupal a must. Basic experience with
HTML / CSS important. Comfort communicating with both editors and
programmers/web developers essential. Ability to meet deadlines, work
under time constraints, and lead a team essential. Familiarity or
willingness to learn Submittable, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Google Drive, and
Dropbox. Strong attention to detail.
Send a CV with cover letter to

Monday, January 26, 2015

National Haiku Writing Month

Have you written a haiku yet today?

Write one haiku a day for the month of February! Why February? Because it’s the shortest month—for the world’s shortest genre of poetry. Join poets around the world who pledge to write at least one haiku a day for National Haiku Writing Month during the year’s shortest month. Or write haiku every day of every month, all year round, on the NaHaiWriMo site on Facebook, with daily writing prompts to inspire you. Click the following links to find out more.

The full list of links is at

Celebrate Today

Australia Day -
cicadas sing 'Welcome
to Country'

Friday, January 23, 2015

Air New Zealand Safety Video! (4 mins viewing.....)

Now this is one airline safety-video that is NOT boring.  Enjoy.
For those who watched the Hobbit,  
Must have cost a fortune.

US Poetry Month Poster

poster gallery

Each April, the Academy of American Poets creates and distributes—for free—over 120,000 copies of the current National Poetry Month posters to U.S. schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers to help promote the month-long celebration.
Select National Poetry Month posters from previous years are available at the Poets Shop for $5 each while supplies last.
This year’s poster was designed by 2014 National Book Award finalist and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast. It features a line of poetry from Mark Strand’s “Eating Poetry.” 

...and how many of their parts publish promote or recognize Poetry?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

$100 Cash Poetry Prize at The Dan

Competition Day@TheDan. 

Dan O'Connell Hotel  225 Canning St, Carlton, Carlton, Victoria, Australia 3053

Here is what you need to know:

One Winner, One Prize.
FREE entry

Time Limit is 5mins 
That's the limit, if your poems goes for less than the 5min LIMIT, that's ok


NO instruments, if lyrics are your thing, fine, read them as spoken word.

Reading a poem from paper is ok, most poets do this.

The open mic competition blackboard opens at 2pm,
the competition starts at 2.30pm