BIO:

BENJAMIN ALESHIRE lives in New Orleans, LA. His work has appeared in The Times of London, Boston Review, Iowa Review—and on television in China, Spain, Italy, and the U.S. He makes his living as a poet for hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter, and touring widely. In 2020 he will be a James Merrill Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.

 

To book Ben for private events, festivals, etc, contact his events agent Lisa Giordano here. His clients include Princeton University, the House of Yes, Bernie Sanders, The Bellagio Las Vegas, Shakespeare & Co in Paris, the Troubadour London, Sir Tom Stoppard, and Jimmy Page.

An excerpt of his novel-in-progress, POET FOR HIRE, was published at Lit Hub. The first chapter was selected by Nathaniel Rich as the winner of the 2019 Words & Music Prize, and the full manuscript was chosen by Andrei Codrescu as runner-up for the 2019 Faulkner-Wisdom Prize. He is currently seeking representation. 

 

Ben's broadsides and books are archived in the Special Collections of Yale University, the University of Vermont, and St. Lawrence University. He was awarded a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, as well as the Chighizola Poetry Prize from the University of New Orleans. Ben serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review. In 2016 he was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Poetry, and attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference on scholarship.

 

His work as a poet and musician has been featured in El Mundo, (Spain,) NEON Magazin (Germany), The Havana Times (Cuba), La Repubblica (Italy), NPR Boston, SPIN, USA Today, and The Times of London broke with 233 years of their editorial history to invite Aleshire to contribute a poem as a lead article. The new edition of his artist-book, Currency, is available here, and his audio-chapbook of recordings can be found here.