09 August 2020


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize Presentation

In partnership with Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry we are thrilled to be announcing the winner of the 2020 Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize.

Join us online for the presentation of the Major Prize of AUD$1,000.

Click here to watch the video on Sunday August 9 at 2pm AEST.

The winning poem will be published on www.holmgren.com.au and in Rabbit Poetry Journal.


JEANINE LEANE is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. She has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction. She was the recipient of the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, and she has won the Oodgeroo Noonucal Prize for Poetry twice (2017 & 2019).

Originally from Bombala, NSW, MICHAEL FARRELL has lived in Melbourne since 1990. His new poetry book is Family Trees, the follow-up to the Queensland Literary Award-winning I Love Poetry (both with Giramondo). He co-won the Venie Holmgren Poetry Prize in 2017, and was runner up in 2018.


In her late 50’s VENIE HOLMGREN began to write poetry and her first published anthology, The Sun Collection for the Planet in 1989, became a poetry ‘best seller’. At the same time, she applied her environmental activist skills and commitment to the campaign to save native forests near her home on the far south coast of NSW, where she was arrested twice for obstructing log trucks. After 16 years of solo self-reliant living she moved to the local town of Pambula where she penned her travel memoir, several more books of poetry and travelled widely as a performance poet. In 2010 Venie moved to Hepburn where she wrote her last poetry collection, The Tea-house Poems. In January 2016, Venie ‘caught the bus’ at the age of 93

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