How astonishing it is that language can almost mean, and frightening that it does not quite.
— Jack Gilbert

Benjamin Gucciardi's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion Magazine, Radar Poetry, Chautauqua, upstreet,, The California Journal of Poetics 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 in Oakland, CA through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.