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. Clarke’s short fiction, nonfiction 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 won the ABIA for literary fiction book of the year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for debut fiction. Clarke was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald‘s best young novelists for 2015, as well as being shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for new writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. A collection of Clarke’s poetry Carrying the World, her memoir The Hate Race and her first children’s picture book The Patchwork Bike were published in 2016.