RABBIT is a print journal for nonfiction poetry, based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded by Jessica L. Wilkinson in mid-2011 and has recently released its 30th issue.

A pioneer in the field, RABBIT intends to celebrate the potential for poetry to explore and interrogate the boundaries of nonfiction writing. RABBIT encourages poets to openly engage with auto/biography, history, politics, economics, mathematics, cultural analysis, science, the environment, and all other aspects of real world experience, recollection and interpretation.

RABBIT publishes all things poetry – poems, reviews, essays on poetry and poetics, interviews with poets, and visual art by poets – with an emphasis on new and emerging rabbits (poets) and a focus on supporting Australian poetry.

Some of the contributors to the journal include Jordie Albiston, Natalie Harkin, Johanna Drucker, Dennis Cooley, Craig Santos Perez, Justin Clemens, Jennifer Compton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Stuart Cooke, Melody Paloma, Lisa Gorton, Duncan Hose, Michael Farrell, Petra White, Cassandra Atherton, Amy Brown, Alison Whittaker, Anna Jackson, Alex Skovron, Alvin Pang, joanne burns, Robert Sullivan, Ian McBryde, Jeanine Leane, Kate Middleton, Jill Jones, Bonny Cassidy, Patrick Jones, Eileen Myles, Ann Vickery, Lesley Wheeler, Ania Walwicz, Pierre Joris, Peter Boyle, Ken Bolton, Fiona Hile and Pam Brown.

RABBIT is currently accepting submissions of nonfiction poetry for Issue 33: The ASIA Issue, to be guest co-edited by Alvin Pang and Miriam Wei Wei Lo. This issue seeks nonfiction poetry in any shape or form which is informed by, but not limited to, particular stories and larger interrogations relating to Asia—as accepted, contested, ambivalent or confluent concept or cultural locus; peoples, places, groupings, boundaries, origins, destinations, tongues, roots, sites, philosophies, polities, tensions, multiplicities, ideas, imaginaries, economies, histories, futures. 

Please send up to 3 poems in one document through Rabbit‘s Submittable site. Please include in the cover letter of your submission:

• full contact details (postal address, email)

• 50-word max. bio

• a short (50-word max.) response to the following: What poetry or poem connects you to/with Asia?


About the guest editors: 

Miriam Wei Wei LO writes poetry about human experience, often from a gendered and/or faith perspective. She was born in Canada, grew up in Singapore, and lives in Australia. Her heritage is mixed: Chinese-Malaysian and Anglo-Australian. Her work has been included in many collections and she teaches creative writing at Sheridan College. Find her on Instagram @miriamweiweilo

Alvin PANG is a poet, writer and editor whose broad creative practice spans over two decades of literary activity in Singapore and elsewhere. Featured in the Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry in English, his writing has been translated into more than twenty languages. He completed a PhD in writing with RMIT University in 2020. His latest titles include WHAT HAPPENED: Poems 1997-2017 and UNINTERRUPTED TIME (Recent Work Press: Australia, 2019). 

RABBIT is a journal of nonfiction poetry. If you are concerned that your take on the ‘real world’ is slightly abstract, don’t worry–include a line or two to tell us why you categorise your poem as ‘nonfiction.’ We are very much open to poetry experiments! Please note that we do not accept previously published poems; simultaneous submissions are fine (provided you let us know immediately if your poems have been accepted elsewhere).

RABBIT also publishes book reviews, essays interviews with poets and visual artworks by poets. The editors regularly solicit this material, but are open to expressions of interest. Please see the website at rabbitpoetry.com.

Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry