Axon: Creative Explorations, the journal of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra, is named for the axon, the primary point of transmission within the nervous system and the means of communication between neurons. 

Axon: Creative Explorations is an international, open access, peer reviewed journal that publishes works that express or are about creativity and the creative process, including:

  • the methods and techniques of artists and other creative professionals
  • approaches to creative-led research and the theorisation of creative practice
  • the ways in which creative works are made and function
  • creative interventions and explorations of contemporary matters of concern
  • poetics and poetry, and
  • the cultural contexts and theoretical frameworks informing creative practice.

NB: Axon does not accept unsolicited poetry, and the editors will not read unsolicited poems. 

Axon publishes two general issues a year, and occasional special or capsule issues. 


Because of COVID-19-related restrictions in the ACT and elsewhere, and the resulting unavailability of venues, Poetry on the Move will be an online festival in 2021. The ‘live’ festival and the related symposium we hoped to hold in October 2021 will now be held next year, possibly in May 2022 (more information to come in due course). We would encourage you to present your proposed symposium paper then and, in the meantime, if you wish to be included in the related issue of the Axon: Creative Explorations journal, please submit your paper by the deadline below. Abstracts for proposed presentations continue to be welcome until 10 December 2021.

We are seeking wide-ranging work for a Poetry on the Move symposium and an issue of the Axon Creative Explorations journal that takes up what has been a lively discussion about archives and counter-memories situated in opposition to official histories.

This was sparked by Michel Foucault, who explores ways in which the archive ‘collects the dust of statements that have become inert’ and, importantly, ‘may make possible the miracle of their resurrection’ (Archaeology, 129). Such resurrection involves viewing the archive as a space that not only legitimates authorised memories but also contains bodies of fact, commentary, evidence and inference that, when re-engaged, enable the production of counter-memories. 

Scholars often apply this representation to political movements working for change; however, as Foucault points out, the archive is very much a part of creative practice—for example, Flaubert and Manet are artists who practice ‘their art within the archive’; the material of both the archive and art ‘remains indefinitely open’ (Language Counter-Memory, 92); and journals—written by poets and writers such as Dorothy Wordsworth—are a form of creative and archival practice that continues to inspire discussions about women and poetry.

This call is for presentations/papers that explore the contemporary relationship between creative thinking, creative practice, poetry and the archive. We are especially interested in topics that connect to the following issues:

  • Poetry and the archive
  • The archive re-imagined as counter-memory and/or resistance
  • Creative writers as archivists
  • Poetry and memory
  • Poetic biography
  • Archives, connections and genealogies
  • Non-dialectical histories and the reconstruction of memory
  • Poetry and the digital archive
  • The quotidian, fact and creative writing
  • Poetry and forms of resurrection

The editors are seeking papers for a symposium which will be held in Canberra on a date to be confirmed (possibly in May 2022), from 10 am to 3:30 pm as part of the Poetry on the Move Festival. The symposium is supported by the University of Canberra's Centre for Creative and Cultural Research and International Poetry Studies. Selected papers from the symposium, as well as other papers on theme, will be published in an issue of the Axon: Creative Explorations journal in 2022.

Please submit a 100-150 words abstract by midnight on 10 December 2021 if you wish to present at the symposium.

If you wish to write full paper of between 3,000 and 5,000 words for subsequent publication in Axon: Creative Explorations (subject to the usual referee processes) this paper will be due on 15 March 2022.

When you submit your abstract, please record whether you want it to be considered for 1) the symposium; 2) the journal issue; 3) or both symposium and journal issue.

This issue of the Axon journal investigates ways in which contemporary poetry (and other forms of creative practice) constitute, result from or are otherwise connected to travel—whether this is understood literally or metaphorically. We are NOT looking for poems. Please submit academic papers that explore and relate to:

·  ways in which readers may ‘travel’ in poetry

·  ways in which poetic form may contribute to ideas or modes of imaginative travel

·  the composition of poetry as a form of travelling

·  the composition of poetry as a result of travel

·  reflections on or interviews about travel and poetry

·  reflections on or interviews about travel and creativity

·  how ‘travel’ and ‘creativity’ may be connected—literally, imaginatively or metaphorically

·  how poetry may allow or facilitate forms of creative ‘travel’

·  how creativity is, in and of itself, a way of travelling

·  tropes of travel in poetry

·  poetry/creative practice and travelling through cultures, sexualities and/or gender diversity

·  creative fluidity and ‘travelling’

·  poetry’s connection to movement through space and/or time

·  creative transformations/metamorphoses as a way of ‘travelling’

What we would like from contributors:

1.  A 150-word abstract of your proposed paper by 15 October 2021.

2.  If your abstract is accepted, a full written paper of between 3,000 and 6,000 words should be submitted by Monday 22 November 2021.

Submissions are invited on a continuing basis to Axon: Creative Explorations.

What to submit:

Submissions of articles, essays, interviews, papers and photo essays are welcome. The editors also welcome submission of creative work, other than poems, when accompanied by a 250-word statement that indicates the research aspects of the creative piece. Expected length of submissions is between 500 and 6,000 words, as appropriate to the form. 

  • All poetry published in Axon will be solicited by the journal’s editors. Unsolicited contributions of poetry will not be read or acknowledged.


How to submit:

• Visit the journal website at http://axonjournal.com.au, and acquaint yourself with the focus and content of previous issues;

• Read information about the journal and the submission and review process at http://axonjournal.com.au/contribute;

• Upload your submission, along with an abstract (max 200 words), a biographical note (max 150 words), your institutional affiliation (if relevant), up to 5 keywords and, for photo essays and other creative work, a 250-word research statement. 

Submissions should be between 500 and 6,000 words, depending on the nature of the submission. 


Please contact the editors with any queries about length, form and content. 


Axon: Creative Explorations