Maxine Beneba Clarke Maxine Beneba Clarke i(A121996 works by) (a.k.a. Maxine Clarke)
Gender: Female
Heritage: West-Indian
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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).

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Carrying the World 2016 selected work poetry

'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)

2017 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
The Hate Race : A Memoir 2016 single work autobiography

'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.'

2017 longlisted The Stella Prize
2017 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
Foreign Soil 2014 selected work short story

'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)

2015 winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2015 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2015 winner Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2015 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2015 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2015 winner Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2014 shortlisted The Readings New Australian Writing Award
2013 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Unpublished Manuscript Award
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