Described by Judith Beveridge as a ‘Whitmanesque Emily Dickinson of the southern hemisphere,” Mark Tredinnick is a celebrated Australian poet, essayist and teacher who has written three much loved books on the writing craft and collects awards as one might pick up casual jackets.
"We need words and country more than we seem to remember; our futures may depend, now more than ever, on how well we use and how healthy we keep them both. My work often wanders the syntax of places and it tries the ecology of sentences; I want to hear and I’d like to say what the land seems to know—about us, I mean, and about itself and time and how we might use well what little we have." (Mark Tredinnick)
An ecocritic, Mark has written and spoken widely on Henry David Thoreau's theme: “in wildness is the preservation of the world.” His doctoral dissertation (2003), Writing the Wild: Place, Prose, and the Ecological Imagination became his second book, The Land’s Wild Music (2004), and with Professor Kate Rigby, he founded the Australian chapter of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Mark is the winner of The Blake and Newcastle Prizes and two Premier's Literature Prizes, as well as the Cardiff Poetry Prize and the Montreal International Poetry Prize—the most lucrative award for poetry in the world today. Mark is the author of fourteen books, including Bluewren Cantos, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Writing Well, Australian Love Poems(ed) and a bilingual (Chinese/English) selection of his poems (Almost Everything I Know). He is working on a memoir of a reading life, Reading Slowly at the End of Time (2016).