Ben Gaa is a Pushcart nominated* haiku poet and author of two full lengh collection of haiku and senryu, One Breath (Spartan Press 2020) and the 2018 Touchstone Award winning book, Wishbones (Folded Word 2018). He also has authored three haiku chapbooks Fiddle in the Floorboards (Yavanika Press 2018), Wasp Shadows* (Folded Word 2014), and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor 2014). His poems, reviews and essays have appeared in over 50 journals worldwide including Acorn, December, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Shamrock, The Heron's Nest, and World Haiku Review as well as in over thirty anthologies including the Red Moon Press's yearly "best of" anthologies, The Haiku Foundation's mobile haiku app, and Haiku 21 an anthology of English language haiku from the first decade of the twenty first century.
Ben received a degree in Creative Writing from Knox College with an emphasis in poetry and playwriting. He has led writing workshops for The Haiku Society of America, The Cradle of American Haiku Festival, the St. Louis Poetry Center, the Webster Groves Literary Festival, Missouri Baptist University among others.
A founding member of the Tin Ceiling theater company, his plays have been produced on several small stages across the St. Louis Area.