Peter Ramm is a poet and teacher who writes on the Gundungarra lands of the NSW Southern Highlands. He has recently published poems with Cordite, Westerly, The Rialto, Plumwood Mountain, Eureka Street Journal and the Red Room Company.
In 2021, Peter won the South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award, placed third in the Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize. In May, he was awarded a WestWords Daffodil Cottage Residency and in July he is taking up a Residency with the Wollongong Botanic Gardens in collaboration with the South Coast Writers Centre.
Over the last year, he also won the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, was ‘Highly Commended in the KSP National Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the Blake, ACU, and Newcastle Poetry Prizes.
As an emerging poet, Peter won the Red Room Company’s 2017 and 2019 Poetry Object competitions. His poems have been anthologised in the SCWC Anthology Legacies (forthcoming in 2021), the Hunter Writer’s Centre Grieve Project and Red Room Company’s New Shoots Anthology.
Peter graduated the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in History and English Literatures, and went on to complete a postgraduate Diploma of Education before beginning a career in teaching.
He has been standing in front of classes for over a decade and is currently the Head of HISE (Human Society and Its Environment) at a K-12 private school in Wollongong, NSW. In this time he has taught English in all of its forms, Ancient, Modern, and Elective History, and Geography from Years 7-12.
Peter has presented papers and chaired panels at local, state and national conferences, including:
NSW English Teachers' Association HSC Student Study Days: 2019-2020
Australian Association for the Teachers' of English/ALEA National Conference, Online: 2020
Australian Association for the Teachers' of English/LEA National Conference, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre: 2018
History Teachers' Association Australia National Conference, National Library, Canberra: 2018
English Teachers' Association NSW State Conference, University of NSW: 2017
History Teachers' Association NSW State Conference, Sydney University: 2017
History Teachers' Association NSW State Conference, Bega: 2017
He has spoken on topics that ranged from the architectural features of the Achaemenid period at Susa, to the landscape of Australian poetry, and the place of performance and page poetry in the classroom. Peter has also given instructional lectures for students preparing for their HSC examinations on the Craft of Writing: Poetry options, Robert Gray's poetry and the short stories of Henry Lawson.
For a number of years, Peter has been a Marker and Senior Marker for the NSW Higher School Certificate English Papers.
Peter has regularly published articles, teaching and assessment ideas in the NSW History Teachers' Association Journal Teaching History and English Teachers’ Association journal mETAphor.
From 2019-2020 Peter was the Poetry Reviews editor for the mETAphor journal and was a member of NSW ETA's resource Writing Committee.
He has also written for a number of education publishers and providers, including Cambridge University Press, Reading Australia, Cornerstone Teacher Learning Australia, and for the AATE/Red Room Company collaboration on Poems to Share II which won the 2019 Australian Education Publishing Awards "Most Outstanding Secondary Resource."