A thriving forest of poetry

A record number of poetic entries in this year's POEM FOREST competition will result in over 6400 seedlings planted.
Poetry POEM FOREST. image is three children with adult

From over 6400 entries, a shortlist of 84 poems by students and teachers from across Australia has just been announced in the POEM FOREST competition, a Red Room Poetry initiative in collaboration with Wollongong City Council, which plants a tree for every nature poem entered. Since its inception three years ago, more than 17,000 seedlings have been gingerly placed in the ground for the purview of future generations. A record number of poetic entries were in submitted in 2023, ensuring the planting of more than 6400 seedlings.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy