Peter Ramm is a poet and teacher who writes on the Gundungarra lands of the NSW Southern Highlands. His debut poetry collection Waterlines was released by Vagabond Press in 2022. His poetry has appeared in Cordite, Westerly, Mascara Literary Review, The Rialto, Plumwood Mountain, Live Encounters, Eureka Street and the Red Room Company.
In 2022 Peter won the prestigious Manchester Poetry Prize and many of his poems have been shortlisted in Australian and International poetry competitions, including the Bridport, Blake, ACU, Fish, and Newcastle Poetry Prizes. Peter has also won the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, the South Coast Writers Centre Poetry Award, and the Red Room Company's Poetry Object twice. He has placed or been 'Highly Commended' in the Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, the KSP National Poetry Prize, and the Henry Lawson Memorial and Literary Society Poetry Competition.
In 2021 Peter was the recipient of residencies withWestWords at the Daffodil Cottage and with the South Coast Writers Centre at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens.
His poems have been anthologised in the SCWC Anthology Legacies and Mantle, the Hunter Writer’s Centre Grieve Anthology, Poetry for the Planet, Brushstrokes II, The Incompleteness Book II, Poems to Share II, and Red Room Company’s New Shoots Anthology.
Peter has hosted poetry workshops with WestWords, the South Coast Writers Centre, and the English Teacher's Association.
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."