Ben is an author of gnomes, plays, poetry and more. He was first published in his college publication and heads the poetry committee at the Mid-Ohio Fine Art Society. Currently, he lives in Marion, Ohio and is working toward his Master’s Degree. He loves historical documentaries and all things gnome.
What genre do you write?
I mostly write poetry but I’ve been known to dabble in fan fiction and stories about magic Zeppelins.
Have you always wanted to be an author/poet?
Interesting question. I’ve always been writing (and sometimes scaring my elementary school teachers in the process).
I know I’ve always wanted to be myself and make a difference, which writing seems to help.
Tell me three things your readers might not know.
- I’m terrified of uncertainty. Writing helps me face my fears, but driving to strange places, relationships, even the dark at times can overwhelm me. Also, death. I really don’t want to die.
- I’m addicted to caffeine: soda, coffee, tea. Everything but energy drinks. Apparently, I draw the line somewhere.
- I head a local poetry group where we meet every month to share words, thoughts, and other suggestions.
My poems in “Triptychs” are inspired by some thought-provoking (and beautiful) photographs. For the first Think Green I thought of my mother. She’s always had a green-thumb and seems to think days are best spent outside doing some form of yard work. It’s not a bad thing, unless you have poetry to write or lessons to plan, but I know I’ll miss it when she’s gone. My second poem “Dry dock” was a take on nostalgia. Martin’s photograph reminded me of age and the danger of complacency. Writers can be guilty of over-dreaming and I’ve tried to get outside and live as much as I write: but it’s hard when there are books to read.