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Victorian Poetry Month Gala 2023


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The Victorian Poetry Month Gala returns for a third year with some of the country’s most exciting and groundbreaking poets presenting work across a range of forms.

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Some of the most exciting and groundbreaking poetic talents from around the country come together for the third annual Poetry Month Gala to share brilliant works and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Australia’s leading poetry organisation, Red Room Poetry.

Launched in 2021, Red Room’s Poetry Month aims to increase access, awareness and visibility of poetry in all its forms and for all audiences.

Discover new work from a dazzling line-up of poets working across forms – from spoken word and performance to music and multimedia – including Susie Anderson, Manisha Anjali, Emilie Zoey Baker, Andrea Goldsmith (reading unpublished poems by Dorothy Porter), Eloise Grills, Kevin Jared Hosein, Maya Hodge, Andy Jackson, Jason Steger, Jessica Wilkinson, and a collaboration between Erik Jensen and Evelyn Ida Morris. Hosted by Izzy Roberts-Orr.

Presented in partnership with Red Room Poetry. The bookseller for this event is Brunswick Bound


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Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson writes from the nexus of compassion and resistance. Her poetry and nonfiction are widely published online and in print, such as in Archer, Artist Profile, Artlink, un magazine, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and in many poetry anthologies. In 2018, she was runner-up in the O... Read more

Manisha Anjali

Manisha Anjali is the author of Naag Mountain (Giramondo, 2024). She is the founder of Neptune, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. Manisha was a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendi... Read more

Emilie Zoey Baker

Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning poet, teacher and spoken-word performer who has toured internationally. She was a fellow at the State Library of Victoria, coordinator of the Australian National Slam, and was core faculty for the spoken word program at Canada’s Banff Centre. She teaches i... Read more

Andrea Goldsmith

The novelist, Andrea Goldsmith, met Dorothy Porter in 1992 on the Victorian Women’s Writers’ Train. They were together until Dorothy’s death in December, 2008. Both writers were short-listed for the 2003 Miles Franklin award, Andrea for her fourth novel, The Prosperous Thief, and Dorothy f... Read more

Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is a writer and visual artist living on Dja Dja Wurrung land. Her collection of illustrated nonfiction, big beautiful female theory, was shortlisted for the 2023 Stella Prize and the Indie Book Award for Illustrated Nonfiction.

Maya Hodge

Maya Hodge is a Lardil and Yangkaal emerging writer and curator based on the lands of the Kulin Nation. Her practice is dedicated to disrupting colonial narratives and centering First Nations storytelling and autonomy. Maya’s writing and poetry have been published by Australian Poetry, Kill Your D... Read more

Kevin Jared Hosein

Kevin Jared Hosein is a Caribbean novelist. He was named overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2018, and was the Caribbean regional winner in 2015. He has published two books: The Repenters and The Beast of Kukuyo. The latter received a CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult L... Read more

Andy Jackson

Andy Jackson is a poet and creative writing teacher and mentor, was awarded the inaugural Writing the Future of Health Fellowship, and is a Writers Victoria Patron. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Ireland, India, the USA and across Australia, including Melbourne Writers Fest... Read more

Erik Jensen

Erik Jensen is an award-winning journalist, biographer, poet and screenwriter. He is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, On Kate Jennings and The Prosperity Gospel. His first collect... Read more

Evelyn Ida Morris

A gifted composer celebrated for their dexterity across multiple instruments and for composition that is complex and structurally adventurous. In 2014, having already released several of their own albums under the name Pikelet, Morris co-founded LISTEN, an advocacy group focused on creating discours... Read more

Izzy Roberts-Orr

Izzy Roberts-Orr is a poet, writer, broadcaster and arts worker based on Taungurung Country, and Digital Producer at Red Room Poetry. Izzy is a 2020-2021 recipient of the Australia Council Marten Bequest Scholarship for Poetry, and is currently completing a book of elegiac poetry, Raw Salt. ... Read more

Jason Steger

Jason Steger is books editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Jessica Wilkinson

Jessica Wilkinson has published three poetic biographies, most recently Music Made Visible: A Biography of George Balanchine (Vagabond, 2019). She is working on a new manuscript of biographical poems on Mirka Mora. Jessica is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry and th... Read more


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