Louise Carter

Louise is a Sydney poet and a member of the Writing & Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Poems (2012 & 2015), Cordite, Meanjin, Westerly, Other Terrain Journal, and Seizure. She lives on Gadigal land and works (with Charlie the cat) at Sappho Books in Glebe. Her first collection Golden Repair is forthcoming with Giramondo Publishing in 2023.


Windows in Cordite

Marrickville in Cordite

Hot Clouds in Other Terrain Journal (this poem was also Highly Commended in the 2017 Judith Wright Poetry Prize)

Poets on Porches Drinking Tea in Meanjin (interview with poet, novelist & screenwriter Luke Davies)

My Friend’s Mum in Cordite

Amaranthine in Meanjin

In the Meantime in Cordite

The Rainbow Bird in Cordite


Join Louise for a four week course on Reading and Writing Poetry at the Sydney Community College. All welcome!

Louise appears as a guest on episodes 190 and 191 of the Poetry Says podcast: John Forbes, a Pastoral pt. 1 and John Forbes, a Pastoral pt. 2.

Louise’s poem History of Sadness was Highly Commended in the 2020 Blake Poetry Prize. Congratulations to the winner Judith Nangala Crispin, and to all the other shortlisted poets.

In September 2020 Louise helped Melbourne poet Alice Allan launch her first collection The Empty Show. Congratulations to Alice! The online launch can be viewed here.

Louise’s poem “Body Worlds” was featured in the Poetry Listening Lounge, which is part of the 2020 Western Sydney University Research Creation Showcase.

Watch Judith Nangala Crispin and Louise chat with James Roy from Westwords about the 2020 Blake Poetry Prize.

Contact Louise