Melbourne Visiting Poets Program

Pictured top left to bottom right: Stuart Cooke, Ellen van Neerven, Andy Jackson, Lionel Fogarty, Amanda Stewart and Natalie Harkin.

The Melbourne Visiting Poets Program was piloted through 2015-17 with seed-funding from the non/fictionLab. In 2018-2019 the program enjoys funding from the Australia Council, including in-kind support from industry partners, Rabbit: A Journal for Nonfiction poetry, Australian Poetry Ltd, and Melbourne Spoken Word.

The program welcomes two poets-in-residence per year to RMIT’s City Campus: a First Nations poet by invitation; and a regional poet selected from a national, open call-out. The program is committed to making opportunities for diverse poets and poetics to utilise the resources of the institution as a platform for urban networking, creative development, and performance.

Please contact Bonny Cassidy at with any queries.

Find information below regarding Melbourne Visiting Poets Program news and events.