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Detailed CV

(Both Literary and Esoteric)


Rosemary Nissen-Wade BA, DMC (known prior to Nov. 1993 as Rosemary Nissen) is a widely-published performance poet, an editor, author and former librarian.

In the past she taught the Poetry section of Professional Writing courses at TAFE and tertiary colleges in Melbourne, Australia. More recently she was a teacher of creative writing in her local community in far northern NSW (where she moved in 1994). She retired from that role in 2014 in order to give more time to her own writing.

Her monograph, Secret Leopard: New & Selected Poems 1974-2005, was published by Alyscamps Press, Paris in 2005.

She Too, a collaboration with three other poets, Delaina J. Miller, Helen Patrice and Leigh D.C. Spencer, was released in August 2014.

Two e-chapbooks, Life After Death and The Imagined Other, a collaboration, were released in November 2014.

Two new collaborations are scheduled for 2015 - 2016. Meantime her work has continued to appear in literary magazines and anthologies – these days mostly (though not only) online.

For recent and forthcoming publications, and ordering details where applicable, see right side-bar.

Rosemary administers several facebook poetry sites and writes fortnightly columns, I Wish I'd Written This and The Living Dead: Honouring our poetic ancestors, for Poets United, a community of blogging poets.

She also continues to serve – as she has done for many years – as a healer and professional psychic.


She has been a Reiki Master since 1992, and is a qualified teacher and/or practitioner of a number of other energy healing modalities. She can make herself available on request for Reiki or other forms of healing, either in person or as 'distant' healing. She also teaches Reiki and other modalities, according to demand. 

Psychic Readings

Additionally, she is a professional psychic medium and interpreter of oracles, in particular Tarot, trained in this work since 1977. As well as seeing clients in person, she has worked as a telephone psychic and an internet psychic.

She is qualified to teach Tarot, Qabala (alchemical model), psychic skills and spiritual development. For a number of years she was a Professional Member of both the Tarot Guild of Australia and the Australian Psychics' Association.

Having undertaken post-graduate studies in philosophy, comparative religion and shamanism, she has a Diploma of Metaphysical Counselling with teaching accreditation, and has published articles in esoteric journals.

Professional Qualifications

Poet; Author; Publisher; Editor; Proofreader
Teacher of Creative Writing
Psychic Medium; Psychic Artist
Tarot Consultant and Teacher; Teacher of Qabala
Teacher of Metaphysics; Metaphysical Counsellor
Reiki Master; Spiritual Healer

* B.A. (Melb. 1962)
* Additional studies in Aesthetics (Melb. 1980)
* Shamanism in the Writings of Castaneda (CAE 1982)
* Diploma of Metaphysical Counselling (OMR 1999)

* Professional Member, Tarot Guild of Australia (1995-2005)
* Professional Member, Australian Psychics' Association (1997-2005)
* Member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids: Bardic Grade (lapsed)
* Wiccan Priestess, and ordained Minister in the Correllian Nativist Church
* High Priestess, Star Circle coven 2005-2009
* Facilitator, WordsFlow Writing Workshops, Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre and Murwillumbah Community College (2006-2014)

Reiki, Seichim, Sekhem, Angelic SKHM, Karuna Ki, Tibetan Reiki, Shamballa Reiki, Khnum, Radiance Force, Violet Reiki, Violet Flame Reiki, Golden Triangle, Golden Cross, Life Magic Celestial Healing, Tera Mai Reiki, Tera Mai Seichem, MPRUE (Great Grandmaster)
Journey Therapist: Karmic Completion including Past Life Regression, Cutting the Ties that Bind
Practitioner and Teacher: Vibrational Essences, Cranio-Sacral Reiki Technique, Globalight Angelic Healing.
Qualified Practitioner: ThetaHealing™, Crystal Healing, Pranic Healing, Dadirri Spiritual Healing 3rd level, Indian Head Massage, Reconnection Therapy, Thought Field Therapy, Touch for Health, Shiatsu, Foot Massage.

Literary career


1946 (aged 7) Wrote first poem.
1952 (aged 13) Peggy Pedley Memorial Prize, Launceston High School, for most outstanding contribution to school magazine (in the form of a long poem).
1956 (aged 17) Winner Shakespeare Society essay competition (national).


1962 Graduated Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne) majoring in English and Philosophy.
1978 Studied Aesthetics as single subject, University of Melbourne.


1962-1980 Career in Librarianship (Cataloguer):
Brighton City Library 1962-5
Central Library, State Electricity Commission of Victoria 1965-7
St Kilda City Library 1973-4
Sunshine City Library1975-6
Melbourne City Libraries 1977-80


1974 to date Poems widely published in newspapers, literary magazines and anthologies, e.g. Nation Review; Meanjin; Overland; Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets; Macmillan and Oxford anthologies for schools; the Australian poetry e-zine Divan; international online and print literary magazines Unquiet Desperation, the rorschach failure, The Smoking Poet; many more. Short stories, reviews and freelance articles also published in various journals and anthologies.

1985 Publication of Universe Cat, Pariah Press, Melbourne (poems).

1992 Publication of Small Poems of April, Abalone Press, Three Bridges, Vic..

2001-2005 Feature writer, The Magician, newsletter of the Tarot Guild of Australia.

2005 Publication of Secret Leopard: New and Selected Poems 1974-2005, Alyscamps Press, Paris.


1974 - 1994 Career as performance poet.
Repeated appearances as a featured reader at Montsalvat National Poetry Festival; La Mama Poetica; ABC Radio; 3CR Community Radio; Fringe Festivals Adelaide and Melbourne; numerous others.
Performer "Word of Mouth Poetry Theatre" performing troupe 1986.
Presenter La Mama Poetica 1987; various Poets Union readings 1977 – 1987; Warburton Bookfest readings 1992.
1995-date Occasional appearances as featured reader, or in open sections, at both special events and regular venues around Northern Rivers region of NSW.

April 2006 featured reader Austin International Poetry Festival and Forrest Fest, Lamesa, Texas USA; also at poetry venues in Austin, San Antonio and Kerrville.


1979 – 83 approx. POAM, newsletter of the Poets Union Of Australia, Melbourne branch
1980 Joint editor, Directory of Australian Poets 1980, for Poets Union.
1987-94 Editor, various anthologies by writers' groups.
1988-91 Editor Psychic Communication, newsletter of the Andronicus Foundation.
1996 Editor Tree Essences for the Journey by Sabian.
2000-2008 Various proof-reading commissions.


1977 Founder member, Poets Union of Australia.
Victorian Branch Secretary 1983. Joint organiser of national conferences, 1977 - 1982.

1983 Secretary, Melbourne Poetry Society. Organiser/presenter of readings/conferences.

1984 Administrative Assistant to the organiser of the First National Writing in the Community Conference, Melbourne.

Co-organiser/presenter Warburton Bookfests, Vic., 1989-92.


1982-1992 Proprietor Abalone Press, independent publisher of Australian poetry.
One title (The Cast Changes, by Jennie Fraine) runner-up Anne Elder Award 1985. One title (Poems from a Peach Melba Hat, by Shelton Lea) short-listed for Victorian Premier's Prize in both Poetry and Australiana sections 1986.

1984-88 Member Pariah Press Co-op Ltd, independent publisher of Australian poetry (Victoria). One title (A Crowd of Voices, by Stephen J Williams) winner Anne Elder Award and Dame Mary Gilmore Award 1985.


1979-2004 Facilitator poetry workshops for Poets Union; Melbourne Poetry Society; community groups; Adult and Community Education, Murwillumbah; etc. etc.

1981-2 Coordinator poetry workshops Pentridge Prison on behalf of Poets Union.

1984 Teacher Holmesglen College of TAFE, Melbourne – inaugural Poetry class in Professional Writing course.

1985-7 Teacher Victorian State College – advanced Poetry class, BA degree course in Literature and Professional Writing.

1989-91 Teacher Box Hill College of TAFE – Poetry unit of Professional Writing course; short courses in Poetry Writing.

1995 – 2004 Workshops at various times for Murwillumbah Community College (ACE) in Poetry and/or Creative Writing.

2003 Assisted with marking poetry assignments for SCU Writing students in tutorial group at old Coolangatta campus, at the invitation of the tutor, who became aware of my background because my husband Andrew Wade was in the group.

April 2006 Writing workshops in Austin, Kerrville and Lamesa, Texas USA.

October 2006  – October 2014, Co-facilitator weekly WordsFlow Writers' Group on behalf of Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre, Far North Coast region of NSW, creator and (to date) continuing administrator of WordsFlow blog.

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