John Tranter was born in Cooma in 1943. He attended country schools and took his Bachelor of Arts in 1970 after attending university sporadically. He has published eight volumes of poetry and edited the controversial anthology The New Australian Poetry which featured some of the more experimental work of his own generation. During 1987 and 1988 he was in charge of the ABC Radio National arts program Radio Helicon. He lived for some years in Singapore and London and now lives in Sydney.