Maxine Beneba Clarke is a keynote presenter at the 2019 AATE National Conference, 'My story flows in more than one direction: power of story, politics of voice', organised by VATE - the Victorian Association for the Teaching of EnglishMaxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the ABIA and Indie award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, and the poetry collection Carrying the World, which won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry.

She is also the co-editor of the 2019 publication, Growing Up African in Australia. Her children's picture books include the CBCA winning The Patchwork Bike, and Fashionista, a meditation on self expression. She is currently Poet Laureate for The Saturday Paper.