Steve Benson been associated with other poets often referred to as language writers, particularly during his period of residence in the San Francisco Bay Area between 1976 and 1992. He spent most of 1984 and 1985 in Spain. He grew up in New Jersey. But since 1996 he lives in Downeast Maine, where his practices include parenting and clinical psychology. He serves on the local Co-op board, participates in community groups supporting healthy ecosystems, peace and social justice, and sits at the zendo when he finds opportunity.