In the past of every great writer are reams of teenage embarrassment, a confusion of hormones and nascent talent. Hear as Andrew Sean Greer, Daisy Johnson, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Richard Cooke, Zoya Patel and others reconnect with that spirit and retell their best known works in the form of bad teenage poetry. Hosted and conceived by Erik Jensen.

Supported by the The Monthly and the University of Sydney.

Daisy Johnson (International)

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Daisy Johnson was born in 1990, and is the youngest ever author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, for her debut novel Everything Under. Her debut short story collection Fen was published in 2016. Daisy is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A.M. Heath Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

Zoya Patel (Australian)

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Zoya Patel is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism. Zoya is also the founding editor of Feminartsy, and former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year.

Andrew Sean Greer (International)

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Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less. Andrew has taught at a number of universities, including the Iowa Writers Workshop, been a TODAY Show pick, a New York Public Library Cullman Center Fellow, a judge for the National Book Award, and a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for Less. He lives in San Francisco.

Maxine Beneba Clarke (Australian)

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Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of 8 books, including the Indie and ABIA Award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the bestselling memoir The Hate Race, the Premier's Award winning poetry collection Carrying The World, and the CBCA winning picture book The Patchwork Bike. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia.

Erik Jensen (Australian)

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Erik Jensen is the editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media, publisher of The Saturday Paper and The Monthly. He is the author of Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen and On Kate Jennings. The film of his first book, for which he co-wrote the screenplay, won the Critics’ Prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival. His journalism has won the Walkley Award for Young Print Journalist of the Year and the UNAA’s Media Peace Award. His next work, Quarterly Essay 74, is out in June.