WA Poets Inc (WAPoets) was established in 2006 as an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation managed and operated by volunteers.

WAPoets is dedicated to the support, promotion, presentation and professional development of poets and poetry in Western Australia, and introducing Western Australian poetry to local, national and global audiences.

WAPoets has a strong commitment to promote poetry in new and innovative ways, to increase poetry audiences and to raise public awareness of the contemporary relevance of poetry. WAPoets aims to strengthen and build relationships between local, national and global arts communities.


The support, development and promotion of Western Australian poets and poetry


  • Establish WA Poets Inc as the umbrella organisation for poetry activities in Western Australia
  • Encourage, support and develop poets and poetry by providing competitions, readings, events and workshops locally and regionally in Western Australia
  • Create inclusive and thriving community through poetry events
  • Build alliances and partnerships with other local and regional poetry and art organisations
  • Support diversity through mentoring and showcasing disadvantaged and marginalized poets/ voices
  • Promote poetry as fostering wellness
  • Increase awareness of poetry as an art form within Western Australia by including  poetry in public places and spaces
  • Preserve and share Western Australia’s unique poetry culture and heritage
  • Collaborate with other arts and Government agencies to deliver poetry workshops and events.
  • Maintain a knowledge of the market and industry of poetry


  • Organise an annual Poetry Festival
  • Organise public poetry events throughout the year, independently or in conjunction with other community and writers’ groups
  • Showcase members’ poetry in the e-journal Creatrix
  • Encourage and foster developing and emerging poets
  • Form partnerships with community groups and organisations to highlight creative connections between poetry, visual arts and other forms of media
  • Liaise with national and international poets and poetry groups to form reciprocal arrangements for mutual benefit
  • Develop a poetry culture in WA that will help promote local poets and improve opportunities for professional development
  • Provide avenues for poets at all levels to engage with a broader public audience
  • Encourage active participation by the public in local writers’ groups and expose them to the personal and social benefits of poetry writing and performance

To email WA Poets Inc click here

Level 2, Room 23
Bon Marche Arcade
80 Barrack St
Perth  WA

Office Hours
by appointment.

Postal Address:
9 Bushland Rtt
Western Australia.   6031

Shey Marque

Deputy Chairperson
Samantha Melia

Gary De Piazzi

Ian Casey

Social Media/Publicity Officer
Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Fundraising Officer
Lakshmi Kanchi

Committee Members
Mar Bucknell
Zac Cawdron
Gillian Clark
Mike Greenacre
Yvonne Patterson
Maggie Van Putten

Associate Committee Members
Primo Lux: Veronica Lake
Woman Scream: Miriam Wei Wei Lo

Project Manager: Lakshmi Kanchi

Festival Director: Samantha Melia

Administration: Jaya Penelope

Web and Technology Manager: Rohit Kanchi

Outline of WAPoets Structure 2024