Portrait of Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2013 Victorian Premier's Unpublished Manuscript Award, the 2015 Indie Award for Debut Fiction, and the 2016 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction. Her latest poetry collection Carrying The World (Hachette) was released in May 2016, and her memoir The Hate Race (Hachette) will be published in August 2016. She writes for the Saturday Paper.

Over the last decade, Maxine has performed her poetry across Australia, including at the Melbourne Writers Festival, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Jazz Fringe Festival and Arts Centre Melbourne (Hamer Hall).