Michelle Leber was commissioned  by Wild Melbourne and the Point Leo Foreshore Park to write a poetry sequence to acknowledge the cultural identity and environment of Point Leo. This four part series asks you to reconcile the past with the future, the inner and outer world, to explore the interchange with the sea and all living creatures. Visit the installation on the clifftop walking track - let poetry be your guide as you stand in awe of coastal life.  

Michelle Leber Poet Point Leo Poetry Installation



Michelle Leber has been invited to read new work at OOTA's Poetry Day. 

Where: Freemantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Freemantle 

WORLD POETRY DAY: 21 March 2017

Rachael Fetherston from 'Wild Melbourne' offers her insights into Australian Poetry as a tribute to World Poetry Day 2017. Somewhere between Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Judith Wright, Henry Lawson and others, you'll find reference to Michelle Leber's poetry. You can read Rachael's article, The Unsung Poetics of Australian Landscape, here. 

LONGLIST: The Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2017

Michelle's poem How Not to Fall in Love with an Owl was long-listed for the Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2017, administered by Five Islands Press. Read the names of those poets who were long-listed and short-listed here. 

LONGLIST: The University of Canberra Vice Chancellor's International Poetry Prize 2016

Michelle's poem The Forbidden Room was chosen for The University of Canberra Vice Chancellor's International Poetry Prize 2016.  The winning, shortlisted and longlisted poems are published in a print and on-line collection, tremble (IPSI, 2016). Click here to read the on-line poems published in tremble


LAUNCH: Contemporary Australian Feminist Anthology, Hunter Publishers, 2016

Thursday 15th September 2016 @ 6pm

Come and support the launch of this significant Australian anthology.

Michelle Leber's poem was selected for the anthology; a tribute poem to the Australian wood carver Annie Beal.

Australia has a rich history of feminist poetry but there is no one kind of feminist voice.

The seventy new poems commissioned for this anthology demonstrate a complexity of social, political, and cultural visions.

Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry is united by the shared effort to shape ‘responsible writing’ on everyday subject matter: family, fear, dreams, love, literary inheritance, the body, power, fun, pain, metaphors of self.

Each of these poems cuts its own path through language. Together, their politics are restless, inextricably tied to the now.

POETRY @ The Dan O'Connell, 2016

Photo:  NicHolas Walton-Healey

Photo: NicHolas Walton-Healey

Saturday 24th October 2-5 pm

Michelle Leber will be the feature poet - she will read poems from her latest collection, The Yellow Emperor (Five Islands Press)plus new work. PLUS there will be a hearty Open Section.  

Dan O'Connell Hotel - 225 Canning Street Carlton

Free Event 


GIRLS ON KEY @ Open Studio, 2015

Wednesday 12th August 2015

PHOTO : Fleassy Malay at 'GIRLS ON KEY', Open Studio

PHOTO: Fleassy Malay at 'GIRLS ON KEY', Open Studio

MICHELLE LEBER and Maggie Atkinson will be the feature poets PLUS Open Section (sign up on the night). Michelle will read work from her latest collection, The Yellow Emperor (Five Islands Press) - books for sale on the night.

Girls on Key was established to provide opportunities for women performers and to raise funds for refugee girls to learn music through the Fitzroy Learning Network.

Open Studio Bar - 204 High Street Northcote

Entry $8/$5
Doors open, 7:30. Starts 8pm

Delicious crepes and mulled wine!


POETRY @ La Mama

APRIL 7th 2015, 7.30 - 10.00pm

MICHELLE LEBER will be reading with GEOFF LEMON, ALEX SKOVRON and M.J. HUGHES at La Mama Courthouse Theatre. Michelle will read work from her latest collection, The Yellow Emperor (Five Islands Press) - books for sale on the night.

Photo:  Matt Hetherington at La Mama

Photo: Matt Hetherington at La Mama

La Mama Courthouse Theatre
349 Drummond Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia

ENTRY: $12 Full | $8 Concession
Box office & bar 7.30pm
Book tickets at http://lamama.com.au/programs/la-mama-poetica/ or ph: 9347 6142


FEB 27th 2015, 7pm

MICHELLE LEBER will be reading at THE HOUSE OF BRICKS with PIO, Dimitris Troaditis & James WF Roberts. Michelle will read from her latest collection, The Yellow Emperor (Five Islands Press).

THE HOUSE OF BRICKS - 40 Budd St, Collingwood