Meet the Poet
Stefanie Bennett has published eighteen books of poetry, a libretto (performed by The SeymourGroup), and a novel. Over forty years she has acted as a publishing editor, tutored in The Institute of Modern Languages at James Cook University, and worked with Arts Action for Peace. Judith Wright (1915-2000), one of only two Australian poets considered for The Nobel Prize for Literature has written of Stefanie, "Her poetry is full of light and music. Thank goodness somebody thinks poems are forever. [She] goes back to Dickinson." Bennett has been: an artist (one solo exhibition when time was still young); a blues and folk singer, and a guitar player of some note; a mother, grandmother and great grandmother; an environmentalist and a Writer in the Community. By choice she lives on a mountain that is part of Australia's Blackall Range—population, 4000. Of mixed ancestry (Italian, Irish, and Paugussett-Shawnee], she was born in Townsville, Queensland in 1945. Stefanie's latest poetry title, The Vanishing (Walleah Press), is due at year's end. Read.