Foam:e 15

Issue number 15 of Foam:e online poetry journal is now published.

Foam:e, which comes out every March, is co-edited by Angela Gardner and by me; a good place you may like to start might be our current Editorial.

This issue includes the work of around 20 poets, and everything is accessible for free. Poets include Jill Jones, Stuart Barnes, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan, Rose Hunter, Mark Prendergast, Les Wicks, Zenobia Frost, Ali Znaidi, Elaine Leong, David Stavanger, and many more.

As well as poetry, the issue contains a number of reviews including two that I have written: a piece on Andy Jackson’s new poetry collection, Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold, and Jonathan Hadwen’s book of vignettes, All That Wasted Heat.

I am also very pleased to say that the featured interview this issue is one I conducted with prolific poetry critic and editor, Martin Duwell. Duwell’s Australian Poetry Review website recently reached 1 million views, no small feat for a poetry criticism blog run by one writer (who is also, predictably, an extraordinarily devoted reader).

This new issue of Foam:e has seen us move platforms, so thank you for bearing with us while we ironed out a few formatting niggles at the start of the month.

That said, we’re pleased to say that all the past issues are viewable on the new site now, too.

Enjoy this avalanche of wonderful new poems.



Poem in Tincture Journal Issue 20


My poem, “We Cannot Trust the Subtitles”, appears in the latest issue of Tincture Journal.

This is the twentieth and final issue of Tincture, faithfully edited by Stuart Barnes and Daniel Young.

Back issues 2013-2016 are now available free of charge.


Cover photo: Leigh Backhouse, Untitled, 2011

Upcoming Reading: Queensland Writers’ Centre Literary Salon – 9th February 2018.

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I’ll be reading at the QWC’s first Literary Salon for 2018. 

The event will happen at the Red Box in the State Library of Queensland on February 9.

Other readers on the night will be Ryan O’Neill, Laura Elvery, Simon Groth, Grace Lucas Pennington, and Adam Hadley.

Tickets are available now for QWC members and then available to the general public from December 1. Book here.

The Best Australian Poems 2017

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I’m happy to be a contributor to The Best Australian Poems 2017 anthology, available through Black Inc. The poem appearing in the anthology is ‘To Paint the Inside of a Church’, which is from my Whitmore Press poetry collection, Meteorites.

This is the first time I’ve been back in this particular anthology since 2013 and it’s so good to have work in such a recognised and widely-distributed publication. My sincere thanks to the editor Sarah Holland-Batt.

The Best Australian Poems will be available from November 6.

METEORITES shortlisted for 2017 Queensland Literary Awards

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My Whitmore Press poetry collection, Meteorites, has made the shortlist for the Queensland Literary Awards in the poetry category, which is called the State Library of Queensland Poetry Collection – Judith Wright Calanthe Award.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 4; you can view all the shortlisted authors in all the categories on the Queensland Literary Awards website.

You can purchase Meteorites now from the Whitmore Press ‘titles’ page.

(I think there’s even free shipping within Australia!)



Poetry Submissions Call for Foam:e Issue 15

I’m happy to say that I’m once again co-editing Foam:e online poetry journal with Angela Gardner.

The poetry submission window will be open from the start of September until the end of November. You can send us up to six poems in the one email. Head here for more information:

We look to include around 20 poets’ work in the one issue. Last year we received poems from almost 200 poets!

If you would like to review some new Australian poetry, please get in touch; we can show you our list of review copies and you can choose what you’d like to be sent.

Foam:e is published each year in March and is online and free. I love publishing in free, online journals —it makes it so much easier to direct people to a sample of my work!


Thanks, QPF

That’s the Queensland Poetry Festival over for another year. The event has such a warm vibe to it — many people from interstate and overseas say it’s unique. I like the festival because it gets me out of that (rather adolescent) attitude of engaging only with the type of poetry I know I already like. The QPF tries to bring all different styles together, and all different voices. Each year, I’m always shocked or moved by something extraordinary, and always come away with at least a few new obsessions.

So thanks QPF, and especially co-directors David and Annie, and all the interns, for making me like my home town more.

Here’s a picture that my friend, the author Jonathan Hadwen, took of me enjoying the DJ set of one Matt Hetherington (poet). This was during a little QPF zine fair down the road from the main festival venue. Again, just a beautiful vibe!