Ben Walter

Ben Walter has had poetry, fiction and reviews published in Famous Reporter, Island, Overland (as part of the 200th issue collaborative poem), Islet, Voiceworks, Cordite, Kalimat and a range of smaller publications. He is a blogger for the critical reviewing site Write Response.
 
He has received two Australia Council Write in Your Face grants to produce a short work of illustrated fiction and literary installation; Below Tree Level (2007-8) in collaboration with the comics artist Leigh Rigozzi, and to edit an anthology of short stories and handcrafted items with young Tasmanian writers and crafters, I Sleep in Haysheds and Corners (2010-11). He received Arts Tasmania funding for Writings on the Wall, a poetry exhibition and performance event (2006).
 
He has been a guest reader and panelist at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the Emerging Writers' Festival, the National Young Writers' Festival, the Tasmanian Readers and Writers Festival, the Hobart Fringe Festival, the Cygnet Folk Festival and a range of other readings around Hobart. Ben has been a guest lecturer on free verse for the University of Tasmania's writing program, and presently occupies a monthly slot talking books on statewide local ABC radio. In 2004, he was the Tasmanian representative in the first national poetry slam, on Radio National.
 
Ben has worked with Fullers Bookshop, one of the country’s leading independent booksellers, since 2005, acting in the management team for the past four years and setting up a reading community for young people, XYZ, in 2009. He has been on the committee of management of the Tasmanian Writers' Centre for a number of years, driving their Australia Council funded project The Brew, an innovative literary journal for younger writers, in 2005.