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Benjamin Gucciardi grew up in San Francisco, California. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Forklift Ohio, Indiana Review, Orion Magazine, Spillway, Third Coast and other journals. He is a winner of Iron Horse Literary Review’s 2019 Trifecta Poetry prize, the 2018 Milton Kessler Memorial Prize from Harpur Palate, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize and the 2017 poetry contest from The Maine Review. He is a recipient of residency fellowships from Jentel Arts Foundation, PLAYA and Artsmith, and had the pleasure of serving as a mentor in the The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship program for two years. In addition to writing, he works with refugee and immigrant youth through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.