Benjamin Aleshire


New Orleans, LA 70119

Author's Bio

BENJAMIN ALESHIRE is an artist based in New Orleans, LA. His writing has been published in The Times of London, El Mundo, Boston Review, Iowa Review, Smartish Pace—and he has been featured on television in China, Spain, and the U.S. He makes his living as a poet for hire, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter, and touring widely. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress, POET FOR HIRE is published in Lit Hub, and he won a James Merrill Fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center in 2020. 

As a poet-for-hire, Ben's clients have included Princeton University, Shakespeare & Company Bookstore in Paris, The Bellagio Las Vegas, House of Yes in NYC, The Troubadour in London, Jimmy Page, Sir Tom Stoppard, and Bernie Sanders. 

Ben also founded a small publishing cooperative called Honeybee Press, which uses letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and traditional bookbinding. His 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 a waiter-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 recently broke with 233 years of their editorial history by inviting Aleshire to contribute a poem as a lead article. Recent projects include 'Currency' an artist-book of visual poems, an audio-chapbook of poems with sound-collages, and a novel in progress, 'Poet for Hire: Kismet of a 21st Century Troubadour'.

Publications & Prizes

So Little Time (Green Writers Press, 2014)
Atlanta Review
Barrow Street
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Connecticut River Review
Crab Orchard Review
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Seven Days
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Vermont Literary Review
Prizes won: 

James Merrill Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center (2020), Words & Music Festival Prize in Creative Nonfiction, selected by Nathaniel Rich (2019), Waiter-Scholarship to Breadloaf Writers' Conference (2016), Chighizola Poetry Award from the University of New Orleans (2015), Young Artist Series at St. Lawrence University (2013), Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant (2011), Winner, Nor'Easter Playwright Competition (2009).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Maurice Ruffin, Joanna Walsh, Sally Rooney, Laura van den Berg, Ben Lerner, Ottessa Moshfegh, Bryan Washington, sam sax, Danez Smith, Franny Choi, Major Jackson, Robert McKay, Gennarose Nethercott, Alexander Chee, Rebecca Solnit, Roxanne Gay, Solmaz Sharif, Ilya Kaminski, Olivia Laing, Lauren Elkin. Bolaño.

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Fluent in: 
English, Spanish
Born in: 
Rutland, VT
Raised in: 
Burlington, VT
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Last update: Nov 14, 2019