Benjamin W Wild was born in 1979 and grew up on a property between Quambone and Warren in Central New South Wales.
He has studied, worked, lived, dreamt and travelled, and continues to live himself to death in a manner of ways- be they old, boring, exciting, different or new.
He talks in the third person when filling out the kind of social documentation that compels people to think that it gives them an air of seriousness and professionalism, but not as much as he talks to himself.
No I don’t.
Yes we do.
He has self-published three books of Selected Poetry:
‘Aluc(i)na’ in 2009.
‘SMUT’ (collaboration) in 2010.
and ‘Kaleidoscope’ in 2014.
Other publications and awards include:
Queensland Poetry Anthology (2003)
Speedpoets (QLD, 2006)
Nomadology (Undergrowth, 2008 & 2009)
Lyrics for the Jordie Lane song ‘Here She Comes’ (2013)
L’Allure des Mots (Issues 9, 10 & 11- 2013, USA)
The Banjo Patterson Writing Awards (2nd place poetry, 2015)
The ‘Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word’ (Winner, 2016)
Tom Collins Poetry Prize (High Commendation, 2016)
Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards (short listed, 2017)
R.M. Williams OUTBACK Magazine (June/July edition, 2018)
Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 (2018)
‘Jewels of Nature- A Mandala Stone Treasury’ by Elspeth McLean (2018)
Woorilla Poetry Prize (Commended, 2019)
Mudgee Valley Writers, More Than Words (Winner, 2019)
Feature poet slots have included:
Sisters for Sisters (Melbourne- Vic) 2011
The Bohemian Masquerade Ball (Melbourne) 2011
Harvest Festival (Melbourne) 2011
Passionate Tongues (Melbourne) 2011
Babble (Melbourne) 2011
Montsalvat (Melbourne) 2011
Satan’s Little Book Coven (Newcastle) 2015
Bigger Than Poetry (at Miami Marketta- Qld) 2016
Alternator Poetry (The Dust Temple, Currumbin- Qld) 2015 & 2017
The Queensland Poetry Festival (Brisbane) 2017
Poetry in the Pub (Newcastle) 2018
Feros Care- Virtual Seniors Centre (Coolangatta) 2017 & 2018
and 6 weddings to date.
Photo by Luke David Kellett