Benjamin Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, and many others. He makes his living as a poet for hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. Ben also runs a small publishing cooperative called Honeybee Press, which uses letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and traditional bookbinding. He was awarded a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council, as well as the Chighizola Poetry Prize from the University of New Orleans. Ben serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review. In 2016 he was a finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Poetry, and attended the Breadloaf Writers Conference on scholarship. Ben will be featuring his new book Currency (2017), a collection of poems written for strangers, composed spontaneously on a manual typewriter in the streets of New Orleans, Havana, Rome, San Francisco, Antigua, and Burlington.