Ben was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1971 and lived the most formative years of his childhood in Huntsville, Alabama. After undergraduate at Connecticut College, Universidad de Sevilla, and, later, graduate studies at the Fletcher School at Tufts, he established careers in banking, sales, and a nonprofit. Living and traveling in Europe, Latin American, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa opened a window of insights for the future, reflections about the past, and thoughts on the state of American identity in an inexorably transforming world. Poetry, for Ben, is the crafted balance of natural curiosity, honesty, silent observation, and wisdom expressed through the love of the aesthetic splendor, magical tone, and mystical vibration of words. Ben is married, has five children, and lives in Lisbon, Portugal.