Ben Walter is a Tasmanian writer whose stories have appeared in Overland, Island, Griffith Review and The Lifted Brow. His debut poetry manuscript, Lurching, was shortlisted in the 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes. After completing his secondary eduction at Rosny College in the 1990s he undertook as BA degree at the University of Tasmania.
Walter, who was the Tasmanian finalist in the first national poetry slam on Radio National in 2004, has also worked as a manager at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart.
I am preoccupied with my experience of Tasmania and how this intersects with personal, local and global webs of meaning. In the yellow realm of cliche, life is a walk - a feeble verb, when 'trudge,' 'ramble' and 'lurch' are available. The poems in this book, then, are lurching attempts at unfolding such experiences and images, occasions and ideas which have attracted, confused and temporarily lingered with me.
The writing in Lurching progresses from narrative forms through to an almost pointillistic poetics. I really like words, and you can do a lot of interesting things with them.' (http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/industry_development/premiers_literary_prizes/shortlists/lurching) (Sighted 14 Oct 2016)