Benjamin J. Kirby is a writer, communications expert, community advocate, and a political and policy professional. He currently serves as the Communications Director for the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida.
For more than eight years he published an award-winning, nationally-recognized, Newstex-syndicated political blog called The Spencerian. Now defunct, the Florida-based blog covered national and local politics, as well as federal, state and local government. Later posts also covered fatherhood and family life in and around the Tampa Bay region. The Spencerian was ranked by the Washington Post as one of the best state-based blogs in Florida, and was recognized locally as a must-read.
His Florida crime novel, CANEBRAKE, received an Honorable Mention in the Black Spring Press Crime Fiction Prize 2020. He won first place for his prompt in the 2020 Lewis County Writer’s Guild competition, benefiting the Doyle McKim Legacy Annual Scholarship, which supports writing students at Centralia College. In 2010, his work was selected among ten winners by Creative Loafing’s Fiction Contest. Previous work has also appeared in WordWrights Magazine, a publication of the Argonne House Press, and literary magazine Apathy, formerly published on the campus of George Mason University.
Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Kendra, his son, Finnegan, and his two daughters, Emeline and Elle. While in public service in Washington, D.C., Benjamin went to school in the evening and received an undergraduate degree in Political Communication from George Mason University. In his free time, he reads, runs, bikes, and wanders around Florida’s natural places.