Ben is a well-established essayist and commentator with articles in a number of prominent national publications including: The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Public Radio, The Baltimore Sun, The Des Moines Register, VegNews, Vegetarian Times, and Clean Sheets Erotica Magazine.
His book of collected essays, The Vegan Monologues, was released in April 2009 by Apprentice House (Loyola College in Baltimore).
Ben amassed his fortune writing about eczema, psoriasis, and skin diseases that involve oozing lesions, weeping sores, and crusting scabs. “It’s a gift,” he says.
He holds a master of arts in writing from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a master of science in computer systems management from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in computer information science from Cleveland State University.
He has also been a staff writer for research, non-profit, long-term care, and hospice care organizations.
In 2003, Ben won the Penny Ante Humor Scholarship at the Stonecoast Writers’ Conference (University of Southern Maine).
In 2002, he won second place at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival.
He’s been a vegetarian since 1991 and a vegan since 2004.