‘Black Inc. is to be loudly applauded once again for gathering a selection of our writing into these annual volumes, and most particularly for continuing to celebrate the poetic culture that, as the most sophisticated barometer of our relationship to language and place, does not see enough of the light.’ —Australian

‘These annual anthologies provide a wonderfully insightful framing device for observing such national bipolarities. Best read perhaps in an interlinear fashion – first a story, then a poem and an essay, and so on in varying order – the books contextualise the contemporary nation with respect to its global counterparts and its historical underscore.’ —Weekend Australian

The Editors

Maxine Beneba Clarke, editor of The Best Australian Stories 2017

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. In 2015 her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Best Literary Fiction and the Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her critically acclaimed memoir, The Hate Race (2016), was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Indie Award for Non-Fiction and the Stella Prize. She is also the author of a picture book, The Patchwork Bike (2016), several poetry collections, and is a contributor to the Saturday Paper.

Anna Goldsworthy, editor of The Best Australian Essays 2017

Anna Goldsworthy is the author of Piano Lessons, Welcome to Your New Life and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny. Her writing has appeared in the Monthly, the Age, the Australian, the Adelaide Review and The Best Australian Essays.

She is also a concert pianist, with several recordings to her name.

Sarah Holland-Batt, editor of The Best Australian Poems 2017

Sarah Holland-Batt is the author of The Hazards (UQP, 2015), which won the poetry prize at the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, and Aria (UQP, 2008), which won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, the Arts ACT Judith Wright Award, and the FAW Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards. She is presently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology and the poetry editor of Island.