‘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 and poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the Indie and ABIA award-winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil (2014). Her most recent poetry collection Carrying The World won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry. Maxine is the author of the CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike (a collaboration with Melbourne artist Van T Rudd) and her critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race is being adapted for stage for Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre. She writes for 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 an award-winning poet, critic, editor and academic. Her most recent book of poems, The Hazards (UQP), won the 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, the AFAL John Bray Memorial Poetry Award, the Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards. She is the recipient of the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell colonies in the United States, the Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, and a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, among other honours. She presently lives in Brisbane, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at QUT, and the poetry editor of Island.