About Poet's Voice

The Poet's Voice was established to enhance the role of poetry in the public realm. It is based on the belief that without poetry a dimension of our lived experience is lost to us.

Although the voice of the poet is singular and speaks to us powerfully on the page, it also offers something invaluable when heard in a vivid present among others.

By including a wide range of participation in its events, The Poet's Voice reflects the fact that poetry is a resource for many people who are not poets.

Ellen Koshland, Director


Ellen Koshland has worked in arts and education advocacy since 1989. She is the driving force behind ALL (Australian Learning Lecture), a joint project between Koshland Innovation Fund and State Library Victoria, which seeks to bring big ideas in learning to national attention. Ellen was founder/president of the Education Foundation, as well as being a a Global Education Leaders Partner, and past director for Foundation for Young Australians.

Ellen is the director of The Poet’s Voice; foundation donor for The Stella Prize; and has sat on judging panels for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Nikki Anderson, Associate

Literary consultant Nikki Anderson has worked as an agent, rights manager, festival and events coordinator, and currently manages the Australian Embassy Beijing's annual Australian Writers Week.