Herrick was born the youngest of seven children. His first published poem, written at age eighteen, was called Love is like a gobstopper. He left school in year 10.He studied poetry at university, and gained his B.A. from the University of Queensland in 1982.
He regularly visits schools throughout Australia where he talks with students about poetry and soccer, which he has loved since childhood. He has also performed in the United Kingdom, USA, Singapore, Canada, Croatia, Spain, Vietnam, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic. He also writes travel books based on his cycling adventures in Europe.
Herrick's books include fiction novels, poetry collections, and novels in verse. Titles include:
- Pookie Aleera is not my boyfriend - (university of Qld Press - 2012)
- Black painted fingernails - (Allen & Unwin - 2011)
- SLICE - (Random House - 2010)
- Untangling spaghetti - (University of Qld Press -2009)
- Rhyming boy - (University of Qld Press - 2008)
- Cold Skin - (Allen & Unwin - 2007)
- Lonesome Howl - (Allen & Unwin - 2006)
- Naked Bunyip Dancing - (Allen & Unwin - 2005)
- by the river - (Allen & Unwin - 2004)
- Do-Wrong Ron - (Allen & Unwin - 2003)
- Tom Jones Saves the World - (University of Qld Press -2002)
- love poems and leg-spinners - (University of Qld Press - 2001)
- The Simple Gift - (University of Qld Press - 2000)
- The Spangled Drongo - (University of Qld Press - 1999)
- A Place Like This - (University of Qld Press - 1998)
- Poetry to the Rescue - (University of Qld Press - 1998)
- My Life, My Love, My Lasagne - (University of Qld Press - 1997)
- Love, Ghosts and Nose Hair - (University of Qld Press - 1996)
- Water Bombs (University of Qld Press - 1992)
- The Sound of Chopping
His books have won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2000 and 2005 and have been on the Children's Book Council of Australia "Children's Book of the Year Awards" shortlist multiple times, including 1997 (Love, Ghosts and Nose Hair), 1999 (A Place like This), 2001 (The Simple Gift), and 2003 (Tom Jones Saves the World); and have been recognised as an Honour Book in 2004 (Do-wrong Ron) and 2005 (By the River).
- "Allen and Unwin Authors: Steven Herrick". Allen and Unwin. 2006. Retrieved 2007-02-06.[dead link]
- "Steven Herrick". Contemporary Authors Online. Thomson Gale. 2005-07-11.
- Herrick, Steven. "Steven Herrick". Young Adults Books Central. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
- "Children's Book of the Year Awards". Children's Book Council of Australia. 2006-08-15. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-02-06.
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