Tikka Wilson

With so much to choose from, it has become more difficult to find thoughtful, insightful, well written, trusted sources of women’s writing. In my view, publishers and editors – as curators of high quality collections – continue to play an important role.

Given the ability of writers to reach readers online and through social media, the political significance of who controls the means of publication might seem terribly outdated.

Not Very Quiet aims to create a space for women’s poetry that brings together a wide range of voices and poetic forms, informed by diverse embodied, socially located experiences.

To achieve this, NVQ supports an editorial practice that combines two selection principles:

  • excellence via consensus (all editors agree that a poem should be included in an issue); and
  • excellence via radical diversity (one editor asserts the value of a particular poem).

This approach enables NVQ to challenge the idea that all editors can (or should) agree on the relative values of every poem.

In another break with tradition, NVQ embraces a ‘house’ editorial style that supports many forms of English. After all, what is achieved by insisting that our journal should speak only standardised Australian English?

It is a pleasure to bring a lifetime of professional publishing practice to a new project where it is possible to try new ways of doing things.


Tikka Wilson has worked in publishing for nearly 40 years, beginning with print-on-paper publishing and moving to online and multimedia publications. She has worked in both the production and editorial aspects of publishing.

Before retiring a few years ago, Tikka was the managing editor cultural institution websites (National Archives of Australia and National Museum of Australia). Her favourite sites from this time are Collaborating for Indigenous Rights and Inside: Life in Children’s Homes and Institutions.

She worked at the Australian National University’s Asia Pacific Press in the 1990s and with Link-Up NSW during the Stolen Generations inquiry. She is currently a member of the editorial board of Aboriginal History and sits on two animal ethics committees.

She also produced the Canberra Poet-A-Thon for Refugees website, the School of Music Poets website, and manages websites for small businesses such as Cocobo Paws for Life and KemJ. She is currently developing a business plan for Red Poodle Publishing.