Happy New Year!
We are now accepting submissions for Issue 4. Open for one month: 1–31 January 2019.
Our theme for this issue is ‘Performing gender’ – find out more about the theme.
Also, please check out our Submission guidelines.
Check out ‘Gender performance’ – the theme of Issue 4.
Key dates for the issue:
Issue 3 of Not Very Quiet was launched @ Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, Monday 29 October 2018
A very big thank you to Guest Editor Lisa Brockwell for coming to launch the Issue in person and to all the contributors who read their poems on the night and also other poems from selected overseas contributors. It was a particular joy to hear so many women reference the work of Grace Cossington Smith and Fay Zwicky in their introductions – two Australian women artists whose work deserves to be widely known and cherished.
Thank you to everyone who came along as audience and helped create a vibrant space for women’s poetry. So much talent, humour and friendliness on display.
Hello NVQ subscribers,
While we totally appreciate you subscribing to NVQ, you might want to unsubscribe for the next few days.
We are going to publish Issue 3 tomorrow morning, Sunday 16 September (eastern standard Australian time). Yay!
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We hope you enjoy Issue 3. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
The editors of Not Very Quiet, Sandra Renew, Moya Pacey and Tikka Wilson, are heading to Huskisson to offer a Poetry Hub at the SeeChange Jervis Bay Arts Festival.
The Poetry Hub will run for two days: Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June, 10am to 4pm in the Public School Library.
The Poetry Hub at the Festival
The Poetry Hub will feature Canberra poets Melinda Smith, Laurie McDonald, Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew. They will offer readings, workshops, open mics and discussions with participants. Tikka Wilson will offer a workshop called ‘Submission Blues’ – a peek behind the scenes of a publisher.
For more information: SeeChange festival 2018
Our guest editor, Lisa Brockwell, has selected an image and text provocation to stimulate your writing.
We will accept submissions via Submittable 1–31 July 2018.
See Submissions for more information.
Image credit: Grace Cossington Smith Interior with wardrobe mirror 1955. Oil on canvas on paperboard 91.4 x 73.7 cm board; 103 x 85 x 5.6 cm frame. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased 1967 © Estate of Grace Cossington Smith. Photo: AGNSW.
A Review of Autonomy edited by Kathy D’Arcy
(New Binary Press 2018)
Autonomy edited by Kathy D’Arcy forces us to sit up and listen to a chorus of voices which have been silenced for too long. The pieces in this collection are brutal, tender, sorrowful, harrowing, beautiful and sometimes bizarrely humorous. Most importantly, they give those of us (fortunate enough to determine what happens with our bodies), a range of perspectives on the horrible reality for women who have been denied the fundamental right to ‘bodily autonomy’:
if a woman does not have the right to decide what happens to her own body … her very personhood is undermined. (Anna Fured)
Hello to everyone following Not Very Quiet. We sincerely apologise for the avalanche of 66 poems than have now arrived in your inbox.
It’s safe to follow our blog again. The next issue will be published in September – we’ll let you know a few days before so you can unfollow us.
We hope you enjoy Issue 2.
To everyone following NVQ – we’re about to publish our second issue. More than 300 poems were submitted and we picked 66.
Since each poem is a post, followers may want to change their settings or unfollow this blog for a few days so that your email inbox isn’t overloaded with ‘new post’ notifications.
We really appreciate your support. And we hope you enjoy issue 2.
The Not Very Quiet editors are hosting women’s poetry evenings every third Monday in 2018 at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra.
We’ll have featured poets, book launches, open mic and more …
Check out the calendar on Smith’s Alternative website for program details.
Third Monday of the month
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Come early to sign up for the open mic. Each open mic poet is invited to read one poem for up to three minutes.
‘Women poets loud and lusty’
Republished from ‘A Poet’s Slant’ blog
For a long and lusty blast of poetry by women from almost every continent in the world go right now to the Not Very Quiet website. We’ve been waiting for it since its announcement early in the year — and it’s here. Congratulations to Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew on their vision and on this first issue full of beautiful and often startling words.
The debut issue was launched on September 25 at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra to a packed house. The Not Very Quiet event with performances and readings by poets from the Canberra region was followed by the launch of new collections by the co-editors: Black Tulipsby Moya Pacey (Recent Work Press) and Who Sleeps at Night?: Poetry of Conflict by Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press).
Irish-Australian poet Lizz Murphy has published thirteen books, eight of them poetry titles. Published widely in Australian journals and anthologies with publication also in Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Poland, US. She writes between Binalong NSW and Canberra and is currently The Canberra Times Poetry Editor.
We have a new Facebook page for Not Very Quiet. Join us … we’ll be posting regular updates and looking forward to your comments.
We’ve chosen this Sulphur-crested cockatoo to represent NVQ on Facebook – it’s a particularly loud and omni-present Australian parrot.
On a chilly Spring night at the University of Canberra, we gather to listen to four Japanese poets and their translators – Takako Arai (with Jen Crawford), Kayoko Yamasaki (with Subhash Jaireth), Harumi Kawaguchi (with Melinda Smith) and Hiromi Ito (with Jeffrey Angles).
This event (part of the Poetry on the Move Festival) is splendid not simply because of the poetry which stands on its own merit in Japanese and in English but because of the way in which it is delivered by both poets and translators (who are all poets as well). Rina Kikuchi (who organised this event and, with Jen Crawford, edited the excellent anthology Poet to Poet: Contemporary Women Poets from Japan) asserts that her selection of these poets was to break the illusion of Japanese women and to discard and displace “outdated stereotypes of their ‘obedient’ and ‘passive’ nature”. These poets were chosen to demonstrate the variety and diversity of women’s voices in Japan and they definitely succeed in doing that.
We had a great night at Smiths Alternative! Many thanks to Jacqui Malins for launching Issue 1, to the poets who performed their works and to the wonderful turnout of NVQ supporters.
Watch this space for details on Issue 2. We plan to open submissions from November 2017 through January 2018.