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Cuplet:: August Mega Launch

/cuplet/ is Newcastle's newest monthly poetry night, featuring touring and local poets as well as a short open mic section. All sorts of adult beverages (hot cider, mulled wine, yes please), delicious meals, coffees and cakes on offer - whatever you're into. 


August’s launch event is going to be stacked! Set aside an evening to enjoy a huge lineup of some of Australia’s finest and most critically acclaimed contemporary poets, alongside prize-winning Dutch poet Maarten Van Der Graaf, and followed by a premium selection of emerging local artists. Time permitting, we’ll have a brief open mic section with very limited spaces at the end of the night – come early to secure a slot.

For this event only, we ask for a $10 donation in order to pay these wonderful artists for their time and energy, OR:

If you’re feeling generous, SPONSOR A POET for $50. To pledge this valuable contribution, email and we’ll make sure you have the best seat in the house. 

Got a business and want to sponsor the whole darn thing? Well sure, you just let us know. We’ll be happy to help. 


AJ CARRUTHERS is an experimental poet and literary critic, author of Stave Sightings: Notational Experiments in North American Long Poems (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). The first volume of a lifelong long poem AXIS Book 1: Areal, appeared from Vagabond in 2014, and excerpts from it appeared as The Blazar Axes (Calgary: Spacecraft Press, 2018). Other works are Opus 16 on Tehching Hsieh (Oakland: Gauss PDF, 2016) and some series of stanzaworks under the rubric of ‘dissonant prosody.’ In 2017 he was appointed Lecturer at the Australian Studies Centre in SUIBE, Shanghai.

AMELIA DALE is an Australian poet living in Shanghai. Her most recent book Constitution (Inken Publisch) won Mascara Literary Review’s Avant Garde award for poetry. She is editor in chief of Stale Objects dePress, on the editorial boards of Rabbit Poetry Journal and Cordite Poetry Review and a lecturer in the Australian Studies Centre in SUIBE.

TOBY FITCH is poetry editor of Overland and the organiser of the monthly Poetry Night at Sappho Books in Glebe. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and, most recently, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau (Vagabond Press 2016). He lives in Sydney with his girlfriend and two daughters while also working as a freelance editor, researcher, sessional academic, and etc. He is currently writing poems about this predicament, but also about pop songs, politics, poetry and the internet. 

DAVID MUSGRAVE is a poet, novelist, publisher and critic who lives in “Wazzatah” with his family and lectures at the University of Newcastle. He is the founding publisher of Puncher&Wattmann press, has authored and edited over ten books, and has twice won the Newcastle Poetry Prize. 
ANUPAMA PILBROW is co-editor of Naarm/Melbourne-based digital journal The Suburban Review. Her debut chapbook Body Poems was released as part of Vagabond Press' deciBels 3 series. Anupama’s poetry, essays, and reviews can be found in local and international journals. Her work deals with dialogue, exchange, family, and gross stuff.

MAARTEN VAN DER GRAAFF is a Dutch poet and writer. He made his debut in 2013 with Vluchtauto poem. In 2014, this collection was awarded the C. Buddingh Prize. In 2015 he published Doodwerk, his second collection, which was awarded the JC Bloem poetry prize. His debut novel Worms and Angels was published in 2017. His poems are translated into English by Mia You. 

EMILY STEWART is poetry editor at Giramondo Publishing and a doctoral candidate at Western Sydney University. She is the author of Knocks (Vagabond Press 2016) and several chapbooks including The Internet Blue (Firstdraft) and Australia’s Largest DIY (Sod Press). 


CLAIRE ALBRECHT is writing her PhD in Poetry at the University of Newcastle. Her current work investigates the connections between poetry and photography. Claire's poems appear in Cordite Poetry Review, Overland Literary Journal, Plumwood Mountain and The Suburban Review. Her debut chapbook ‘pinky swear’ will be launched in October 2018.