is a storyteller.

A poet, specifically. He's also a web developer, book publisher, graphic designer, and father. Which basically means he never sleeps.


The Last Spelling Bee

“Whether he’s writing a to-do list for time travellers, spinning a tall tale of how he won his sixth grade spelling bee, or painting a picture of life in a distant galaxy, Lawless’ work remains spry and lively, full of humor and surprising moments of mature clarity.”

Benjamin Daniel Lawless’ collected poems: 2009-2011.

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There Is Nothing Poetic About Fish

Benjamin Daniel Lawless' first collection of poetry.
Released 2009.

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if&when is a literary magazine that aims to not only present creativity, but foster it. To that end, issues include short fiction, short creative nonfiction, poetry and single literary lines, as well as activities and prompts to encourage picking up a pen and writing.

Co-founded by Victoria Sepulveda and Benjamin Lawless. Designed by Benjamin Lawless. Published by Penciled In.

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Penciled In

Penciled In is a book publisher based in the San Luis Obispo area founded by Benjamin Lawless.

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My day job

Benjamin is a Senior Manager, Web Developer at LEVEL Studios.


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Ben's an amateur iPhone-ographer.

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