Anne Benjamin is a Sydney-based writer and educator with roots in the Hunter Valley of NSW and strong links with South India.
Her writing includes: tanka, tanka prose, poems and fiction published in journals and anthologies in Australia, Japan, UK, New Zealand, USA and Canada, including anthologies resulting from the Montreal Poetry Prize (2011) and the ACU Literary Prize (2014). She has directed two nationally-awarded curriculum projects and co-edited a monograph on education in 2008. In addition, she has published academic papers on education, leadership and ministry. In 2016, Gemstones, an anthology of tanka written in collaboration with eight other international poets was published by Skylark Publications. Her non-fiction, Saffron and Silk, An Australian in India, was published in September 2016.
Anne is also an experienced academic, teacher and education consultant. She has authored or co-authored nearly 40 significant reviews in Australia and internationally. For 16 years, she held senior administrative roles within education in Western Sydney, including university governance, involvement in NSW Government education boards and committees, and for nine years was Executive Director of 75 schools in the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta in Western Sydney. Her current writing projects include a biographical dictionary, family history and poetry.