RiAus runs poetry-related events and competitions with a science theme. Australian poet John Kinsella‘s specially commissioned poems for the launch of RiAus featured on the LED ribbon display on the exterior of the Science Exchange building following its opening.
John Kinsella‘s poetry has won major awards and been translated into French, Swedish, Lithuanian, Romanian, Italian, German, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish and Russia. He is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. John is the author of more than 40 books and editor of The New Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (2009). His most recent work is The Divine Comedy (Norton USA; UQP, Australia; 2009). Poems by John Kinsella were specially commissioned by RiAus for its opening and have featured on the LED ribbon display on the exterior of the Science Exchange building. Download the full text.
During July and August 2012 RiAus presented its third annual sci-ku poetry competition.
In 2012 we were looking for sci-kus with a farming or agricultural theme in recognition of 2012 being the Australian Year of the Farmer.
RiAus, Friendly Street Poets and COSMOS Magazine held the second annual sci-ku poetry competition. In 2011 we were calling for sci-kus with either chemistry or forest themes in recognition of 2011 being both the International year of Chemistry and Forests.
RiAus Sci-ku Competition 2010
The inaugural RiAus and Friendly Street Poets sci-ku poetry competition attracted a large number of outstanding science haikus. In addition to their prizes, winners in each category have their work and names up in lights on RiAus’ digital sash artwork on the exterior of the Science Exchange building in Adelaide. First, second and third prizes were awarded in each category, with winners receiving $250, $100 and $50 book vouchers, respectively. First prize winners in each category also received a Kindle e-Reader. Other great prizes included books provided by Friendly Street and Wakefield Press.
Winning entries from first, second and third placegetters as well as other selected entries also appeared in the Friendly Street Poets annual anthology Reader 35. View the winning entries.