Benjamin Bloch grew up in Berkeley, California. He received a B.A. in English and German Literature from Oberlin College, and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He works as a clinical psychologist at Salinas Valley State Prison in California, where he also facilitates writing groups and an inmate-published newsletter.
"Shaken awake by history, Ben Bloch makes poetry out of his dreams, hereness and distance, simplicity born in beautiful complications. His wild and tame poetry is very well-informed by suffering—his and others'. He may not carry the day for humanity, but he carries its flag. A close reader will accompany the poet down a road that narrows, coming closer and closer to the truth."
Sheep Meadow Press