Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Myron Lysenko at THE DAN June 4th

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    Come, Eat, Drink and Listen to Poetry,
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    Upcoming Features

    June 4th Myron Lysenko
    June 11th Sista Zai Zanda
    June 18th Amy Bodossian
    June 25th Lee Kofman
    July 2nd Christine Burrows

    SATURDAY June 4th - Dan Poets presents
    Myron Lysenko    
    Myron Lysenko is a versatile poet who likes to teach poetic devices and creative writing. He has been poet-in-residence in over one thousand schools since 1989, conducting poetry writing workshops up and down the East coast of Australia.  His poetry and haiku have featured on television and radio, in newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies.
    Myron Lysenko is a performer, haiku tutor, public speaker, workshop leader, editor, humourist, publisher, song-writer, ginko leader, and convenor of the Chamber Poets a readings in Woodend. Myron is also the leader of the poetry band: Black Forest Smoke which is the resident band at the
    Chamber Poet Readings.

    Dan Poets, every Saturday, 2-5pm.
    Free Entry
    Includes open mic.

    Rotating MCs Anne, Libby, Norman and Steve.

    Dan O'Connell Hotel, 225 Canning St Carlton.

    Licensed premises. Kids welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    Southerly is looking for an Administrator

    Southerly is seeking the services of an Administrator for 5 months from September 2016. This role involves between ten to fourteen hours per week. Specific duties include:
    1. Correspondence with all editors, contributors, agencies, and general public, both email and postal;
    2. Maintenance of the subscription list;
    3. All banking and financial transactions, including processing all sales and subscriptions, payment of authors, collating and preparing material for the financial auditor, quarterly reconciliations with other literary journals, monthly statement audits;
    4. Online and technical management, including posting blogs and other announcements on the website and on Facebook and Twitter, website maintenance, maintenance of the online store;
    5. Submissions maintenance, including corresponding with potential authors regarding submissions as queries arise and checking the online submissions system;
    6. Assisting the editors prepare grant applications and acquittals;
    7. Preparing audits for the Australia Council on each published issue;
    8. Organisation of the issue mail out;
    9. Preparing reports on Southerly’s activities for the quarterly board meetings of the English Association.
    10. Filing
    The position will involve one day of paid training.
    Please send a brief CV and a covering letter outlining your ability to take on these tasks by 31 May 2016 to admin [at] southerlyjournal.com.au. Please use the subject heading Southerly admin role.

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    Jeanette Wintersun on Arts Funding

    The arts aren’t a luxury activity. They are central to life. Art is the part of us that is met, and that can't be met in the outside world.
    Jeanette Winterson answers a question from the audience about arts funding,
    as part of her Wheeler Centre event (16 May 2016)

    Read on HERE

    Saturday, May 21, 2016

    from the desk of Pam Brown ...

    dear friends & readers,

    Melbourne poet Michael Farrell 
    & Sydneysider Pam Brown 
    will be reading from their work

    on monday evening may 23 at 5.30pm
    at The Common Room
    Upstairs at the Woolley Building
    Science Road 
    University of Sydney

    it's free 
    everyone is welcome to come along

    HOODWINKED - poem

    My wife returns home from a short walk to our main street: ‘It’s like a festival day. People are out and about and drinking coffee and having cups of tea and chatting in the sunshine.’ We’re hanging out the sheets and I am wondering if the citizens are just hoodwinked – ‘There’s a bit of a breeze but it’s lovely’ - if the easy domestic life of this small Australian country town is blinded by comfort from the wars and strife of so many countries and the troubled peoples of the world.

    - Andrew Burke

    Monday, May 16, 2016


    Help Save Meanjin

    By now you will probably have heard the rather sobering news that Meanjin’s application for four-year funding from the Australia Council has been rejected.
    This is serious.
    Meanjin has enjoyed some measure of Commonwealth support since 1961, with contributions from the Australia Council since 1974.
    Until this latest round of grants, Meanjin was considered one of the Australia Council’s key organisations. Under the new four-year funding regime, Meanjin had applied for an increase in its annual funding from $62,000 a year to $95,000. The numbers aren’t huge.
    The search for new funding avenues continues. Meanjin enjoys the support of the University of Melbourne, and benefits greatly from its enduring association with Melbourne University Publishing.
    All that said, the hard fact is that without a new source of funds, Meanjin’s 76th year of publication may well be its last.
    In the days since the Australia Council decision we have been heartened by the messages of encouragement from readers and supporters of Meanjin. Some have suggested that we embark on a crowdfunding program.
    We agree.
    Meanjin June 2016Happily a crowdfunding model for Meanjin already exists: subscription.
    A payment of $80 will help secure the future of this magazine, and it will also see the next four Meanjins delivered to you door.
    There has never been a better time to subscribe to one of Australia’s leading magazines of literature and ideas … never better, and never more important.
    Subscribe to Meanjin

    Friday, May 13, 2016


    someone thought it
    another drew it before
    the shuttle wove it

    light falls lighter
    a wispy shadow
    below the window

    never mind the quality;
    feel the width

    when a petticoat showed
    beneath a hem, Mother
    would say, 'It's
    snowing down south.'

    ten rosettes
    to the square foot
    in the yard

    breeze balloons
    a pregnant lady in
    her cheesecloth dress

    it is rigorous
    and clanks across
    its rows

    cloth folds
    rolled in
    long cylinders

    trucks weave through
    city traffic
    to Textile Traders
    where merchants
    measure and despatch

    at the sight of
    black lace on white breast
    grown men and boys

    once, thirst gripped them;
    now, hunger.

    backyard haiku

    mynah bird rests on
    a disused solar panel -
    sustainable energy

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Publishing opportunity for poets at Uneven Floor

    Uneven Floor publishes a poem or two most weeks, and needs more well-written poems from published and unpublished poets.

    Previously published poems are welcome, as are poems in text, video, audio or image format.

    Read the editorial, poems and submission guidelines at unevenfloorpoetry.blogspot.com.

    Follow @unevenfloor_po on Twitter. Like facebook.com/unevenfloor. Please watch your step.

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016


    after last night's storm
    white rose petals on
    a flywire door

    Monday, May 09, 2016

    Poetry at the House, CANBERRA

    Hello Poetry at the House supporters
    There are about fifteen places left for the reading on this Wed May 11 at 8pm. It features Alan Wearne (from Wollongong) and Cassandra Atherton (from Melbourne and the U.S.) and should be a very lively night. Both poets are not short on humour. See details below. It will now  be in the Drawing Room (immediately on your right from the main entrance) not in the Scarth Room. You can still book by emailing me back at this address. You can also eat beforehand, of course, at the bistro.
    All the best
    PS Please note three other events below which are also of interest.

    Cassandra Atherton is currently a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English from 2015-2016. Cassandra has published eight books, including: Trace [with artist Phil Day] (2015) and Exhumed (2015). She is the current poetry editor of Westerly Magazine and is known for her extensive work in the prose poem form.

    Alan Wearne's 2016 volume is These Things Are Real, which contains five verse narratives and a selection of satiric and 'light' verse: ‘The Sarsparilla Writers’ Centre’. He believes that without a strong input of narrative and satiric/'light' verse contemporary Australian poetry [let alone poetry in the English language] would simply collapse. He is also one of Australia's best known verse novelists. 

    Admission$10 waged, $5 unwaged. Meals are available in its Fellows Bar and Cafe from 6.30 pmReading starts at 8 pm.
    Parking at University House is best from Garran Road and on Balmain Lane off Balmain Crescent.

    Sunday, May 08, 2016

    poem - a lazy Sunday first draft



    Our old dog scratches her nose

    on the carpet — an asana –
    this is her house more

    than ever as the first heavy

    rains of winter fall in late

    autumn. We sit before the fire

    two old lovers resting between

    domestic chores. Passion is on

    TV now, and the politicians are

    playing their first quarter. A news

    helicopter tracks the PM’s car

    to Government House as

    our old Cavoodle scratches on,

    a giant hairy worm wriggling

    on the faux Oriental rug, layers

    of meaning washing up

    like syntax on the high tideline.


    Friday, May 06, 2016


    Dorothy Hewett Award in Motion
    Submissions are now open for the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award for an  unpublished manuscript, a multi-genre award supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, which celebrates West Australian talent and provides  financial support to a writer furthering  their professional writing career.  
    The winner will receive $10,000 and an offer of a publishing contract with UWA Publishing.  A highly commended writer will receive $1,000 and an offer of publication.  
    Chosen by UWAP director Terri-Ann White, poet Lucy Dougan and critic James Ley, the winner will be  announced at the 2017 Perth Writers  Festival.  Entries close on August 1st. The shortlist will be announced on  November 30th.  For more information, guidelines and to enter, see http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/pages/the-dorothy-hewett-award-for-an-unpublished-manuscript
    Follow UWAP on Facebook, Instagram  and Twitter (@uwapublishing) for updates

    Tuesday, May 03, 2016

    SKIN poem

    I start each day
    putting skin on
    this skeleton

    then I walk out
    into sunshine
    or rain, watching
    carefully for
    nails and rose
    thorns, loose
    stones on old
    steps, low slung
    branches and
    those metal balls
    at the back of cars.

    I only have
    one skin which
    I take off each
    night as I drift
    into dreams
    where skin is
    optional ...

    Poetry Workshop with JULIE MACLEAN

    Note from Secretary:
    Some detail added. Places filling fast so get bookings in! Maurice A.
    Geelong Writers Poetry Workshop
    With Julie Maclean
    2.00-4.30 pm Sat May 21
    Belmont Library, Geelong
    I want to think again of dangerous and noble things
    I want to be light and frolicsome.
    I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
    As though I had wings’-Mary Oliver
    Join award-winning poet Julie Maclean
    in this two-hour workshop to explore new ways of using language
    and unlocking hidden doors.
    Through short writing exercises and prompts be prepared to come away with one draft of a new work, maybe more.
    Teacher of Creative Writing, public speaker and mentor, Julie lives on the Surf Coast.
    Shortlisted for the prestigious international Crashaw Prize (Salt, UK) and joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize (IDP, UK) she is the author of When I Saw Jimi’ and ‘Kiss of the Viking’ Poetry Salzburg. A third collection,‘To Have to Follow’ is due in 2016. Her poetry is widely anthologised and appears in Southerly, Overland, Cordite Review, The Age, The Best Australian Poetry (UQP) and Poetry (Chicago).
    Cost: $20 Cash payable on the day
    N.B. Limit !5 - First 15 to send e-mail booking will get in!