Rosemary Nissen-Wade

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Rosemary Nissen-Wade is an Australian poet, witch, Reiki Master and professional psychic medium – as well as a former librarian and book reviewer, and a sometime copy-editor and Creative Writing teacher.

She grew up on the island of Tasmania where, throughout her childhood, the moon shone in through her high, 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. She has outlived three husbands and has a number of grown-up children, foster-children and step-children as well as several step-grandchildren.

Author of three volumes of poetry, several e-chapbooks and some collaborations with other poets, she has taught writing in both tertiary institutions and community settings.

Rosemary was one of the founders of the Melbourne Poets Union in the late 1970s, started a program of prison poetry workshops in the early eighties, and was part of a poetry theatre group called Word of Mouth. For a decade she was an independent publisher of Australian poetry, as proprietor of Abalone Press and a member of the Pariah Press Cooperative. She taught Poetry Writing as part of professional writing courses at Holmesglen and Box Hill Colleges of TAFE in Melbourne, and at Victoria College, Toorak (Melbourne) which is now part of Deakin University.

She founded, and for seven years facilitated the very successful WordsFlow writers' group at Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre in far northern NSW, before handing it over to other facilitators who continued it a further three years. In its ten years of operation, a number of members had books published and two began and completed degrees in Professional Writing. More recently she responded to requests for a new writers' group, also at PBNC, for women writers, as part of Pottsville Beach Village of Women (VOW). VOW Writers was one way in which VOW supported and empowered women survivors of various kinds of trauma, and encouraged them to share their talents more widely. The writers' group, the longest-lasting section of VOW, disbanded after four years with the members having got what they needed from it in terms of their writing and their emotional empowerment. They still meet socially from time to time.

Rosemary has long embraced the online poetry world via blogging, twitter (where she pioneered tweet-length poetry in the early days, but is no longer active) and various international poetry groups and communities. She is Coordinator and one of the hosts at Poets and Storytellers United, an international community of blogging poets. Before that she was a staff member and feature writer for its long-running predecessor, Poets United. For many years she administered several poetry and micropoetry groups, first on MySpace then on on facebook, and was a member of others. Now she has given up the admin role but is still an active member of various groups.

She seldom chases publication these days, but when invited (which she is glad still happens now and then) she has been included in both online and paper literary journals and anthologies.

Her various blogs, both poetry and prose, can be found via her website at or by googling Rosemary Nissen-Wade. (The hyphenated surname ensures she's the only one in the world!)

Her first two paperback books of poetry, UNIVERSE CAT and SMALL POEMS OF APRIL, are long out of print, but selections from each are included in her monograph, SECRET LEOPARD – of which only a few paperback copies remain, but SECRET LEOPARD is now published as an ebook and is available on Smashwords.

Her work has also appeared in the 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 non-Smashwords publications appear on her Amazon page (see 'Where to buy in print').

THREE CYCLES OF THE MOON, a collaboration with her friends and fellow-poets Helen Patrice and Jennie Fraine, is available at Smashwords.

HELLO EARTH, a series of meditations, is available at Smashwords in epub only, or as a photographically-illustrated pdf from Rosemary's website (see address above).

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.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a poet! Very few publishers will take on poetry. I have been published in paperback in the past (three books) but in those days I was also getting published in hard copy literary journals and anthologies, so there was that audience of potential buyers. For some years now I have embraced the online poetry world. I do still get invited to contribute to offline publications, and do, but my potential audience is now largely online.

I love reading ebooks myself, because they are so very portable, and one can adjust the print size etc., so it makes sense for me to publish my work in ebooks.

Also I am the best copy-editor I know. I am not impressed with the standard of editing by some of the online publishers that have sprung up, and I think their fees outrageous.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rosemary Nissen-Wade online

Jorell: For Those Who Believe in Fairies...and Those Who Don't
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2017 by Rosemary Nissen-Wade. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
This environmental fairy story for children of 8 - 80 is by the late Andrew E Wade. His wife Rosemary is republishing it as an ebook. The fairies need Tim's help. Their home in the old-growth forest is in danger of being logged for timber. Can Tim convince his father, the manager of a sawmill, to stop old-growth logging in the forest, and save the fairies?


Hello Earth: A Month of Daily Reflections
Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2021 . Categories: Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
These "Earth Hellos" were written June 2020. They are a series of brief 'mindful writings' but they very soon expanded into longer prose poems: meditations of a sort.
Secret Leopard: New and Selected Poems 1974-2005
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2017 . Categories: Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, Poetry » Female authors
“Rosemary Nissen-Wade is both original and a powerful voice—a voice of humanity in all its suffering and joy”, says the publisher’s Preface to the original paperback edition. This is the long-awaited digital re-issue of poems from Rosemary’s days as an acclaimed performance poet also widely published in hard copy books, journals and anthologies.
Three Cycles of the Moon
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016 . Categories: Poetry » Australian & Oceanian, 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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  • Hitler Did It on Feb. 22, 2013

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