Australian poet, essayist, and teacher Mark Tredinnick was born in Epping, New South Wales. He is a former lawyer and book editor and earned both an MBA and a PhD from the University of Western Sydney’s School of Social Ecology. His work focuses on the Australian landscape and ecological concerns, and his most recent collections of poetry include A GATHERED DISTANCE (2020) and A BEGINNER’S GUIDE (2022).
Like his poetry, Tredinnick’s nonfiction explores the attachment to place as well as the intrinsic qualities of landscape. His nonfiction works include THE BLUE PLATEAU: A LANDSCAPE MEMOIR (2009), which is about the Blue Mountains of Australia, and he has edited an anthology of nature writing from the United States and Australia, A PLACE ON EARTH (2003).
Tredinnick is also the author of a number of handbooks on writing: THE LITTLE RED WRITING BOOK (2006), WRITING WELL: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE (2008), THE LITTLE GREEN GRAMMAR BOOK (2008), and, with Geoff Whyte, THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF BUSINESS WRITING (2010).
Tredinnick has received the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Blake Poetry Prize, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, the Calibre Essay Prize, and the Wildcare Nature Writing Prize. He is a founder of ASLE-ANZ, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment—Australia and New Zealand, and the Kangaloon Group, a federation of writers and artists in the eco-humanities. He lives near the Wingecarribee River, southwest of Sydney.