Bas relief of goddess Kali

Just published – Issue 2

Join us at the launch of Issue 2

19 March 2018, 7-9pm
Smith’s Alternative
76 Alinga Street, Canberra

Anita Patel, guest editor, will launch the issue. The program will feature readings by contributors and editors.


Not Very Quiet is a new twice yearly online journal for women poets of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds to publish their work.

We believe it’s more important than ever to provide a platform to extend the range and breadth of poetry written by women so as to encourage and strengthen its impact.

We are looking for poetry that has heart and is memorable. We welcome wit and humour. We support poems that try out something new, that break through a barrier.

News & reviews

Women’s poetry evenings. Our editors are hosting a monthly poetry evening the third Monday of the month at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. Featured poets plus open mic. Join us!

Review. Read a review of Not Very Quiet’s first issue by Canberra and Binalong poet Lizz Murphy.

Review. Read Anita Patel’s review of Found in Translation, a performance by four Japanese women poets at Crossing Boundaries, International Poetry Studies Institute.

News. NVQ has a Facebook page.

Issue 1

Issue 1 was launched 25 September 2017 at Smith’s Alternative. Read Issue 1.


We use a blind review process through Submittable. See Submissions for information about the theme of the next issue.

If you are unable to use Submittable, we will accept submissions via the email nvq.accessibility@gmail.com. Your submission will be uploaded to Submittable by our website manager for blind review.

Image: The ancient Hindu goddess, Kali. Find out why Anita Patel selected this image for Issue 2.