Rosemary Nissen-Wade


Rosemary Nissen-Wade is an Australian poet, witch, Reiki Master and professional psychic medium. She grew up on the island of Tasmania where, throughout her childhood, the moon rose outside her uncurtained bedroom window; so she thinks she was bound to be poetic and magical (and both started from an early age). She spent much of her adult life in the city of Melbourne, and now lives in a small town in the sub-tropical Northern Rivers region of NSW. Author of three volumes of poetry, several e-chapbooks and some collaborations with other poets, she has been a librarian, editor and book reviewer, and has taught writing in both tertiary institutions and community settings. She has outlived three husbands and has a number of grown-up children, foster-children and step-children as well as several step-grandchildren. She now shares her life with the black cat every witch should have.

Rosemary was a founder of the Melbourne Poets Union, started a program of prison poetry workshops, and was part of a poetry theatre group. For a decade she was an independent publisher of Australian poetry, as proprietor of Abalone Press and part of the Pariah Press Cooperative. She has now embraced the online poetry world via blogging, twitter, and international poetry groups and communities.

Her first two books of poetry, UNIVERSE CAT and SMALL POEMS OF APRIL, are long out of print, but selections from each are included in her latest monograph, SECRET LEOPARD, of which a few copies remain. Her work has also appeared in an earlier collaboration, SHE TOO (with Helen Patrice, Delaina J. Miller and Leigh D.C. Spencer) in the chapbooks LIFE AFTER DEATH and THE IMAGINED OTHER (the latter in collaboration with Walt Wojtanik, Phillip Barker and Bruce Neidt) and in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. Her website has details of her non-Smashwords publications and how to acquire them. Most are also on her Amazon page (see Where to buy in print).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the island of Tasmania, in Launceston, which is now a city but was then a small town. It was nourishing for a child, full of scenic beauty – river, mountains, beautiful gardens... My dad was a keen gardener, and my whole extended family were environmentalists long before that label was even coined. Being so immersed in the natural world from so early an age means that it has been important in my life and my writing ever since. Poetry always seemed to me a natural response to beauty. (Then I realised it was a satisfying response to everything.)
When did you first start writing?
I remember writing my first poem when I was seven, and in fact still have it. (It was a nature poem!) Once started, I never stopped. My Mum used to swear I was writing poems from the age if three. I was precocious in language, but I very much doubt I was WRITING them at three. If I made them up and others wrote them down, none have survived, and I don't remember. But I do remember the excitement of creating a poem when I was seven – setting out to do so, and realising I had succeeded – so I think that must really be when I began.
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Where to buy in print


Three Cycles of the Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Three Cycles of the Moon is a collection of poetry by Helen Patrice, Rosemary Nissen-Wade, and Jennie Fraine. The poems were written over a month, and all to do with some aspect of or relationship to the Moon. As they move through the lunar month, their thoughts, inspirations, and responses move with them. Patrice was travelling for part of the month, Nissen-Wade, and Fraine moored in Australia.

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Smashwords book reviews by Rosemary Nissen-Wade

  • 50 Shades in Clay - a picture book for grown-ups who haven't grown up too much on Dec. 08, 2012
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    Michele Brenton, aka banana the poet, is capable of some of the wickedly funniest verse it has been my pleasure to encounter. This book manages to be very rude without once using 'bad language'. It's the illustrated version of her best-selling 'Fifty Shades of Blue' which topped poetry sales on Kindle recently. And yes, it is indeed a spoof of a certain best-selling novel. It's pure enjoyment from start to finish! (Well, on second thoughts, 'pure' is not exactly the right word.) It would make a great, light=hearted present for a grown-up friend.
  • Hitler Did It on Feb. 22, 2013

    Full of good stuff that will reward the reader and deserves a wide audience.