Author Photo Copyright 2005, Sara Schaff

Author Photo Copyright 2009, Sara Schaff

Benjamin Landry is a poet currently residing in Ohio with his wife, the fiction writer Sara Schaff.  A graduate of the University of Michigan (MFA, 2013), Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English (MA, 2006) and Brown University (BA with teaching certification, 2000), he has taught English and creative writing for over a decade, at secondary and college levels, in the United States, Colombia and China.


  • Research Associate in Creative Writing, Oberlin College, 2014-2016
  • Particle and Wave published by the University of Chicago Press (Phoenix Poets Series; February, 2014)
  • Shortlisted, 2015 Believer Poetry Award (Particle and Wave)
  • Finalist, 2013-2014 James Wright Poetry Contest (“Recent Dispatch”)
  • Finalist, 2013 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest (“Night Vision”)
  • Finalist, 2013 Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry Contest (“Trusting the Senses”)
  • Finalist, 2013 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize (Particle and Wave, withdrawn for publication by UC)
  • 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominee
  • Finalist, 2012 National Poetry Series (Particle and Wave)
  • Winner, 2009 Columbia Journal Poetry Contest (“We Contemplate Having a Child”)
  • Finalist, 2008 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest (“Shrike”)
  • Semi-finalist, 2007 Elixir First Book Prize (An Ocean Away)

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Hi, Benjamin,

    I’ve enjoyed reading your work. Congratulations on being featured in today’s Poetry Daily. When will you be in Chicago next? Would love to hear you read & have you sign a copy of Particle and Wave.

    Be well,

    Richard Fox

    • Mr. Fox:

      Thanks for your kind words. I’ll be reading at the Seminary Co-Op on June 7th, but I will also read that weekend for the Printer’s Row Litfest. You can keep track of these announcements on the ‘Events’ tab on my website. I’d be happy to sign your copy, of course! Thanks for reading, and all best,


      • That’s perfect; I always attend Printer’s Row Bookfair, so I’ll check the listing for when you’ll be reading.

        Thanks for the add,


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