Tell us your story, join Verity La

Verity La‘s Discoursing Diaspora has launched and we want to see your essays, short fiction, poems, visual art and other multimedia submissions about the diasporic experience. Check us out!

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‘Discoursing Diaspora’ on Verity La

The week has been brutal, with work piling up and ending up unfinished, and plenty of drama and stress around. So this news is refreshing. Verity La, to celebrate International Diversity Day, has launched its new arts and writing project, Discoursing Diaspora, a new space for artists and writers for expressing their creative opinions on social justice, diversity and inclusion. Spread the word and start sending in your submissions.

Check out the Discoursing Diaspora page HERE.

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Poetry & Place Anthology, Launch & Giveaway!

Michele Seminara’s beautiful poem.

Michele Seminara

My poem, Mourning Morning, has been included in an excellent anthology, Poetry & Place. It’s a collection of poems which explore ideas and experiences of ‘place’ in a variety of forms, from free and structured verse to concrete poetry and haiku. I just got my contributor copy in the mail — it’s terrific!

There’s been a virtual launch of the book, with poets reading their poems over at the Poetry & Placewebsite. You can hear my reading here, along with some great readings by others.

A free copy of the anthology is being given away through Goodreads. Just click here and press ‘enter giveaway’ for your chance to receive a copy in the mail. Or hey, even consider buying one! Both print and e-book formats are available.

A big thanks and congratulations to editors Ashley Capes and Brooke Linford. They’ve produced a really beautiful collection.

Mourning Morning


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When a publisher comes a-calling

The writer’s journey towards getting published is a difficult path. And the minute a publisher offers to pay you for your writing, it’s time to rejoice. Be wary, but rejoice nevertheless. I’ve only started legal writing five or six years ago. It can be one of the most tedious writing chores one can get into, but not if you love making the complex realities of the law into professional but simple language. For me, it was the push I needed to rekindle my desire for creative writing. To this day, the passion for writing anything creative (be it fiction, non fiction or poetry) is rooted to what I do as a legal author. Last week, I was offered (well, okay, I re-pitched for it, big time) a brand new Publishing Agreement to continue writing more stuff as a legal/academic/scholarly author for Thomson Reuters Australia. The pay is not big, but I get to keep all the royalties this time (I had to share the royalties with two other authors who have now left the writing team) and is enough to feed me on a month-to-month basis (translate: enough pay to cover my food and sundries each month). It’s also not creative writing. But who’s to say I can’t put some creativity in writing about legal decisions and the law? So this is to thank all my lucky stars for bringing me more confidence and more writing work. This is to all the writers out there finding their way towards more creativity. May this blessing spread far and wide.

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Blackberry Caliphate at Cordite

Wonderful poem by Rico Craig, now on Cordite Poetry Review.

Rico Craig

Very happy to have my poem Blackberry Caliphate in the latest issue of Cordite Poetry Review.

‘There are leaves to pick from your hair; I kiss
the grease on your neck, your exhaust fume breath
buries the shape of words in my ear.’

from Blackberry Caliphate

It’s a fantastic issue, edited by Fiona Wright and Omar Sakr, with new translations from poets Najwan Darwish and Vahe Arsen, an excellent essay from Michelle Cahill, and amazing poems from Ania Walwicz, Phillip Hall and Wale Owoade…plus heaps more.

Images in the issue are from Annette Willis; her Remnants collection – twelve images exploring abandoned spaces – fits magically with some of the poems in the issue.

Check it out – Cordite Poetry Review


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Australian Poets in POETRY Magazine

I’m excited that the May 2016 special issue of POETRY Magazine features an all-Australian line up of brilliant poets, including Robbie Coburn, Anthony Lawrence, Luke Davies, Lisa Gorton, Samuel Wagan Watson and Michael Farrell. Still waiting for my copy in the mail. I’m jealous a bit but equally proud to count myself as a fan of these awesome poets/writers.