is a storyteller.

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


Penciled In

Penciled In is a book design company and publisher based in San Luis Obispo county founded by Benjamin Lawless.

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Our Shared Breath Solo Novo 9 | Words Under Words, The Tassajara Poets An Undersea Book of Hours


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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Science Faction: Where Science Meets Fact Meets Fiction

Since Episode 295 in April 2020, Benjamin Daniel Lawless has been a regular co-host of Science Faction, along with Steven Domingues and Devon Craft.

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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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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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