Maxine Clarke is a West-Indian Australian writer with a Bachelor of Creative Arts/Law (majoring in Creative Writing and Human Rights). Maxine was a title holder of the NSW Writers' Centre/Gleebooks Annual Poetry Sprint, placed second in the Doris Leadbetter Poetry Slam, and the Northern Notes Poetry Slam, and was a finalist in the Melbourne Writers' Festival Poetry Slam during the 1990s. Her short plays have been produced and her poetry has been broadcast on radio and presented at writers' festivals. Her reviews, articles and poems have been published in Tertangala (1999), Voiceworks (2000), Kunapipi Academic Journal of Post-Colonial Literature (2004), The Sydney Observer (2005), Melbourne's Child (2007), Conscious Living (2007), The Age (2007). Maxine has had poetry due for publication in the Paradise Anthology (2008).
'A haunting visit to the International Museum of Slavery, in Liverpool England. A feisty young black girl pushing back against authority. The joy and despair of single parenthood. A love-hate relationship with words.
'This collection brings the best of a decade-long international poetry career to the page.' (Publication summary)
'From one of Australia's most exciting writers, and the author of the multi-award-winning FOREIGN SOIL, comes THE HATE RACE: a powerful, funny, and at times devastating memoir about growing up black in white middle-class Australia.'
'In this collection of award-winning stories, Melbourne writer Maxine Beneba Clarke has given a voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, the downtrodden and the mistreated. It will challenge you, it will have you by the heartstrings. This is contemporary fiction at its finest.' (Publication summary)