Benjamin Gucciardi grew up in San Francisco, California. His poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Forklift Ohio, Indiana Review, Orion Magazine, Spillway, upstreet 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 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