The Wheeler Centre joins forces with Australian Poetry to celebrate the release of the latest Australian Poetry Journal with a night of readings and discussion. Coinciding with the publication of Thirty Australian Poets by the University of Queensland Press, it’s evident that Australian poetry and Australian poetry publishing are alive and well. But is there a way of getting more poetry jumping off book store shelves? Will digital publishing bring new audiences to poetry? Some of Australia’s most respected poets discuss these topics and more.
David McCooey is a poet, critic and associate professor in literary studies and professional & creative writing at Deakin University.
Maria Takolander is a senior lecturer in literature at Deakin University in Geelong. She is the author of a work of literary criticism and two poetry collections. Her poems have featured in annual best-of anthologies for the past seven years. The Double is her first work of fiction.
Justin Clemens is a philosopher, translator, social critic, poet and academic. He has published three collections of poetry, The Mundiad (Black Inc, 2004), Villain (Hunter Publishers, 2009) and Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011).
Mark Tredinnick is the author of Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, and eight other works. The Lyrebird (Picaro, March 2011) is his most recent book of poems, and a new collection (Body Copy) will be published in 2012.