Five Islands Press was established in 1986 and is dedicated to the publication of fine Australian poetry. A new chapter in the history of FIP is now under way with a publishing team composed of Kevin Brophy, Katia Ariel, Eddie Paterson and Bella Li, and graphic designer Libby Austen.


Five Islands Press open for submissions in November Submit your poetry manuscript to Five Islands Press in the month of November. Gu...
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Stuart Cooke’s ‘Opera’ reviewed by Caitlin Maling 'In Opera parts of the world appear, and as readers we are placed amongst them a...
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Rose Hunter

Rose Hunter is the author of three poetry books and a chapbook in the United States. Journals she has been published in include the Los Angeles Review, Cordite, Australian Poetry Journal, Southerly, Westerly and DIAGRAM. She is from Brisbane, lived in Canada for ten years, and now spends a lot of time in Mexico. More information about her is available at 'Whoever Brought Me Here Will...

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Kristen Lang

Kristen Lang published SkinNotes in 2017 (Walleah Press) and Let me show you a ripple in 2008 (self-published). She lives near Sheffield in north-west Tasmania where she was also raised. She was awarded a PhD at Deakin University in 2004 for her thesis on poetic creativity.



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Lyn Hatherly 1945–2016

Lyn Hatherly was a poet, classical scholar, editor, publisher, administrator, university lecturer, teacher and mentor of poets and writers. After a varied career, in 1984, at the age of thirty-nine Lyn began an Arts degree at Monash and by the year’s end she joined a poetry workshop run by academic and editor, John Leonard, deepening her love of poetry and writing. By 1986 Lyn was editor of Poetry Monash. By 1993, she was editor of...

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Jill Jones

Jill Jones was born in Sydney and currently lives in Adelaide. Her most recent books include Breaking the Days, which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize in 2014, The Beautiful Anxiety, which won the Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award for Poetry in 2015, and the chapbook The Leaves Are My Sisters. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies...

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Gayelene Carbis

Gayelene Carbis is an award-winning writer of poetry, prose and plays, whose work has been widely performed and published in Australia and overseas. Gayelene was recently shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Fish Poetry Prize (Ireland); work & tumble Chapbook Prize; Adrien Abbott, Martha Richardson and Melbourne Poets’ Union International Poetry Prizes. In 2012, Gayelene was awarded a Poetry Scholarshi...

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Heather Taylor Johnson

Heather moved from the US in 1999 to begin a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, where she received her PhD. She now works as a full-time writer near the Port. Her upcoming books are the novel Jean Harley was Here (UQP 2017) and the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (UWAP 2017), which she edited. She is also the poetry editor for Transnati...

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Stuart Cooke

Stuart was born in Sydney in 1980, and grew up there and in Hobart. He travels often, particularly in Latin America, where he has lived for a number of years. Widely published as a poet, critic and translator, he now lives on the Gold Coast and lectures at Griffith University. Opera is his second book of poems.



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John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and plays. He is a frequent collaborator with other poets, critics, fictionalists, artists, musicians, labourers, activists and friends. Recent fiction includes In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012), Tide (Transit Lounge, 2013), and Crow’s Breath (Transit Lounge, 2015); recent poetry includes Jam Tree GullyRead more