Benjamin J. Kirby is a writer living in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In 2021, the journal Wingless Dreamer chose his poem, “The Fountain of Youth,” for inclusion in their Spring Anthology. CANEBRAKE, an unpublished Florida crime novel, received an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Black Spring Press Crime Fiction Prize. 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.
Most recently, Benjamin worked in collaboration with acclaimed cellist Natalie Helm exploring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. He wrote a short story, “The Queen’s Cookfire”, inspired by the music, and read it before a live audience at the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company.
Previous work has also included a top-ten selection in Creative Loafing’s Fiction Contest, has appeared in WordWrights Magazine, a publication of the Argonne House Press, and was published in the George Mason University’s literary magazine Apathy.
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.
Benjamin is a communications expert, community advocate, and political professional. He currently serves as the Communications Director for the Mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Born in western North Carolina and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Benjamin lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife, Kendra, his children, Emeline, Finnegan, and Elle. While in public service in Washington, D.C., Benjamin 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.