nonfictionLab’s Contemporary Poetry node engages in both creative and critical explorations of what poetry and poets can do in the field of nonfiction writing. Current projects include biannual poetry residencies, poetic biographies (including experiments in programmable media), theoretical explorations of landscape poetry and the quarterly journal Rabbit.
On Sunday August 28th, Jessica Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy were joined by publisher John Hunter, to launch their Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry at the Queensland Poetry Festival.
Eighteen months in the making, Jess and Bonny were commissioned by Hunter Publishers to co-edit this anthology of new work from around the country. Their editing process at McCraith House was supported by the non/fiction Lab, as was some of the book’s production and launch budget. Recently, Jess appeared on ABC Radio National’s PM program to discuss the anthology.
The QPF launch featured readings from the anthology by 5 of its Brisbane contributors.
A second launch will follow in Melbourne, at 6pm on Thursday September 15th at Collected Works Bookstore. All lab members and friends are invited to join Jess and Bonny celebrate this project with a diverse group of readings from anthology contributors.
Lab members, Jessica Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy, are visiting the University of California Berkeley from April 13-17. Jessica and Bonny will be presenting critical papers and poetry readings at a symposium, Active Aesthetics: Innovation and Aesthetics in Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics. The symposium is jointly convened by UCAL, UWS and Deakin, and features an exciting program of innovative Australian poets, editors and publishers as well as Bay Area figures.
nonfictionLab’s Contemporary Poetry Node
There is no single generation of feminism living in Australia. The editors of this anthology came of age under the slogan, “Girls can do anything!” and studied amongst the poetry of Gig Ryan, Ania Walwicz, Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuccal. Now we write and teach in the wake of Gillard’s misogyny speech and the SlutWalk movement. How is the complex discussion and realisation of gender equality playing itself out in contemporary poetry in Australia? What spectrum of feminist politics can be heard there? And what is a ‘feminist poem’ – how many kinds of what John Kinsella would call ‘performative activism’? Would you even know it if you saw one? Is a current, local feminist poetics represented in form, voice, content, or all at once? Submissions of unpublished poems that oﬀer poetic responses to these questions will be considered. Poems that determine and challenge what contemporary feminist poetry and poetics might be. Diversity and imagination, and poems that make exciting engagements with form and voice.
National call-out for submissions: May 2015
Published by Hunter Publishers; Co-edited by Jessica L Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2015
Anticipated publication date: July 2016
The first International Symposium on the Art of Independent Publishing was presented on 1 May as part of the inaugural Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV. Convened by nonfictionLab’s Brad Haylock, the panel included speakers Stuart Bailey, Helen Hughes, Ziga Testen and Eleanor Vonne Brown. This event was presented by the RMIT Design Futures Lab with the support of the Ian Potter Foundation and RMIT School of Media & Communication.
nonfictionLab’s Contemporary Poetry Node presents a biannual series of visiting poets and practitioners of experimental poetics. In May Sydney-based vocal artist/performer and poet Amanda Stewart gave a public reading of her poetry, accompanied by special guests Gig Ryan, and Poetry node members, Jessica L Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy, as well as addressing Creative Writing and Sound Art students. In July Murri poet and activist Lionel Fogarty will also visit RMIT as the second resident poet for 2015. Full details of events involving Lionel Fogarty will be available soon.
Come celebrate the lucky 14th issue of Rabbit: a journal of nonfiction poetry, with founder and chief editor Jessica L Wilkinson of the Contemporary Poetry node.
This reading marks the first of the Contemporary Poetry node’s new visiting poets series.
The evening will also include readings by special guests Gig Ryan, and nonfictionLab Contemporary Poetry node members, Jessica L Wilkinson and Bonny Cassidy.
While visiting the node, Amanda Stewart will also have delivered a talk to 3rd-year Creative Writing and Sound Art students; and conducted a workshop for 2nd year Creative Writing students.
Come see Amanda read her poetry for a public audience!
Wednesday, March 11th
6pm for 6:30pm start
Collected Works Bookshop, Level 1, Nicholas Building, Swanston St, Melbourne
Free and all welcome. Wine and nibbles provided.
In 2015, the Contemporary Poetry node will be kicking off a series of biannual visits by contemporary poets from around the country and potentially overseas. The idea of the program is to bring writers working at the edge of contemporary poetics, to the RMIT campus to interact with students and staff. A mini-residency, this initiative will enrich the Creative Writing degree and the School community via class visits, guest lectures and readings.
The inaugural program sees vocal performer and poet Amanda Stewart (NSW) visiting in Semester 1, and Murri activist and poet Lionel Fogarty (QLD) in Semester 2.
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