Benjamin Gucciardi grew up in San Francisco, California and still lives in the Bay Area. His poems have appeared in Orion Magazine, Forklift Ohio, upstreet, Radar Poetry, Chautauqua, and other journals. He was recently nominated for Best New Poets 2017, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera chose his poem 'Border Angels' as a finalist for the Santa Ana River Review poetry contest. Gucciardi is a winner of the Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize and currently serves as a 2017 Adroit Journal Summer Mentor. In addition to writing, he works with refugee and immigrant youth through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.