Peter Minter is an Australian poet, editor and writer on poetics. Born in 1967, he shares Scottish, English and Aboriginal heritage.
He grew up first by the ocean and then in the bush, travelled to Japan at the age of eighteen and then studied literature and philosophy at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several books of poetry, including Empty Texas, Morning, Hyphen and blue grass. His work is published widely and anthologised regularly in Australia and internationally, and it has been awarded numerous fellowships, grants and prizes.
Since the mid-1990s he has been a central figure in innovative and avant-garde Australian poetry and poetics. As well as curating various renowned poetry events and exhibitions of visual art, music and poetry, he was founding editor of the Varuna New Poetry broadsheets, founding co-editor of Cordite, co-editor of the influential anthology Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, poetry editor of the leading Australian journal Meanjin, and a co-editor of both the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature and The Literature of Australia.
Most recently, Minter took over as the poetry editor of Australia’s foremost radical journal of literature and ideas, Overland. He is a senior lecturer in the English at the University of Sydney, specialising in Australian and Aboriginal poetry, poetics and ecopoetics, and lives in the Blue Mountains with poet, musician and scholar Kate Fagan, and their two children.