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Topographies: Essays

"In Topographies we travel with Stephen Benz across America and around the world. Benz retraces the route of the Donner Party and recalls its travails. He arrives at Ground Zero in New Mexico where the first atomic bomb was exploded. He takes a slow, cold, rickety train ride across the border from Romania to the former Soviet Union. To these and other places Benz brings an observant eye for a place's geography and quirky characters along with a dramatic sense of the history that shaped this particular landscape. The pieces in Topographies are a stunning addition to the tradition of the American essay." ―Priscilla Long, Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Available now from Amazon and Etruscan Press

Read reviews on The Literary Review and WorldWideWriter

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Whirlwind, Thorn Tree, Tumbleweed: Poems

“Stephen Benz’s poems, rich in sense of place, take us on a compelling journey. The layers of stories in these poems are simultaneously personal and universal in the way they tap into human experience—from family story to travels of great distance. Benz evokes the spirits of ancient poets, like Bashō, and draws connections to the contemporary road. His poems explore various crossroads and take us across the Great Divide, even as they deftly challenge physical and spiritual divides.”

–Diane Thiel

Available now for preorder from Finishing Line Press (

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