Benjamin Gucciardi grew up in San Francisco, California. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Berkeley Poetry Review, Forklift Ohio, Indiana Review, Orion Magazine,, upstreet and other journals. He is a winner of the 2018 Milton Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and the 2017 poetry contest from The Maine Review. He was recently nominated for Best New Poets, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera chose his poem 'Border Angels' as a finalist for the Santa Ana River Review poetry contest.  He currently serves as a mentor in the The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship program. In addition to writing, he works with refugee and immigrant youth through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.