Ben Heins graduated from Rosemont College in May, 2012, with an M.F.A. in poetry. In addition, Ben received a bachelor’s degree in professional writing with a minor in English literature from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2008. Though he currently resides in Greater Philadelphia, Ben was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley area, where he studied under the late Dr. Len Roberts. Ben’s work has appeared in several local and national journals, including Wild Violet, White Pelican Review, The Red Clay Review and The Battered Suitcase, among others. His poem, “Stone’s Weight,” won first place the Lindsay R. Hannah Poetry Contest in 2007. He also has been meeting bi-weekly with a close-knit poetry group in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, since 2005.