• (Photo of Maxine Beneba Clarke by Noel Mclaughlin)
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron Is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron Is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs FixingMaxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014) won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015, the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Stella Prize. Her memoir 'The Hate Race' and and her first children's picture book 'The Patchwork Bike' will be published in 2016. 

 

Maxine's story Chinese Straight is included in the SBS podcast series, True Stories - a podcast series of true stories from Australia’s best emerging and early-career writers.