Benjamin Norman Pierce is a professional dishwasher with BA’s in Philosophy, History, and English. He lived in Sophia, Bulgaria for two and a half years, teaching history at First English Language Gymnasium of Sophia, participating in the expatriate writing circles there, and taking time to learn painting. He paints in tempera and draws in chalk or pastels, and does some work in purely digital media as well, and has had graphics published in Ancient Heart, Convergence, Moebius and 99 Pine Street. He self-published a novel, “Snuck Past Death and Sleep.” and has an album of Lovecraft-inspired ambient music,”Al-Azif”, available on BandCamp and SoundCloud. He has published poetry in Lilliput Review, Poesy, Dragonfly, Raintown Review, Red Owl, Scifaikuest, Free Verse, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Calendar, Primordial Traditions, Convergences, Acme: a Journal of Critical Geography and Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition and Chiron Review. he has lived in Madison co-operative houses, most recently Nottingham Co-op, since 1989. He was an enthusiastic participant in the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin state capitol building.