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Catherine B. Krause

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Benjamin C. Krause (b. 8 Apr 1985) is an American poet, editor, publisher, and essayist.


Early Life

Krause was born in Indianapolis, IN and moved to Ohio when he was eight years old. In high school he took an interest in poetry under the tutelage of his Creative Writing teacher, the poet Terry Murcko.

He attended Dickinson College in 2003, and studied Computer Science while continuing to write poetry. He took English courses up to the 300 level, which included Creative Writing classes, but he was short of a minor. He took a year off for medical leave from 2006-2007, and graduated in 2008.

After graduating, Krause was offered a job as a software engineer in Bengaluru, India, which he accepted. Though he loved the experience, he had to leave the country after four months due to an illness.

Writing Career

After returning from India, Krause decided to try getting some of his writing published. He got his first poetry acceptance from Tipton Poetry Journal. His first nonfiction acceptance, "All Indians Love Ghandi," was by The Literary Bohemian.

Around this time, Krause conceptualized a series of poems collectively known as Classifieds. In these poems, the speaker is taking an ad out in the newspaper, and, usually through implication, the reader learns the whole backstory of the speaker, whether tragic or humorous. These "Classified" poems ended up being among some of his first poems to be published, and formed the basis for his first and only chapbook to date, Classifieds and Other Poems (erbacce-press 2010). It contained fourteen "Classified" poems, six of which had been published elsewhere previously, and two of which were later reprinted. This book is now out of print by his choice, as he plans to self-publish an updated, revised version with extra poems.

In 2010, Krause was a Featured Artist at Counterexample Poetics, and featured in anthologies of the best poems published that year by Children, Churches & Daddies and Foliate Oak. He also developed a poetry form called the quincouplet, and his essay about it was the Featured Article in Galatea Resurrects 16.

Thus far in 2011, Krause has been published in increasingly more selective journals, most notably Gargoyle Magazine #57.

Publishing Career

Krause had had an interest in publishing for a long time, and he and two online contacts from Canada and Australia had been talking about starting an online literary journal, but nothing had come of it. So Krause started a blog called The Weekly Poet, which featured 3-5 poems by the same poet each week, followed by a lengthy interview. The first poet featured in the blog was Felino A. Soriano, whom Krause is still in contact with. Several more followed, but Krause soon began to take interest in more ambitious projects, and The Weekly Poet soon fizzled out. It is no longer available on the web today, but Krause still retains archives of most of the interviews.

As previously mentioned, Krause had been talking with online contacts from Canada and Australia about starting an international literary journal. This was finally established in late 2009 as Muscle & Blood. Meanwhile, Krause had begun to take an interest in psychedelic art, and wondered if psychedelic poetry and fiction existed. Google and Google Scholar searches returned sparse results; though they existed, there was little being written about them, and there were no journals devoted to them. Thus, Krause founded Liebamour around the same time, which was originally a blog, with the promise of a print magazine to come. In order to bring these two journals under the same umbrella, Krause founded Diamond Point Press.

Muscle & Blood took a whole year to come out with its first issue, in October 2010, but it was acclaimed by those who read it, and many of the contributors ordered multiple extra copies despite being given a free copy. Issue 2 was released in May 2011, and plans on a schedule of releasing every Spring and Fall.

Liebamour released its first print issue in April 2010, and discontinued the blog soon after. It took until December 2010 for Issue 2 to come out, but it was well worth the wait; the second issue was twice as long, formatted much better, and included both an interview and a critical essay. Issue 3 will be music-themed, and is due out in July or August 2011. It will feature the first half of "Systems of Flux," a psychedelic novella by Eckhard Gerdes. The second half will be printed in Issue 4, due out Winter 2011. However, Krause's interest in psychedelic literature has begun to fade. Thus, Issue 4 will have a Guest Editor, and from Issue 5 on, Eckhard Gerdes will be taking over editing duties.

In Winter 2010-2011, Krause came full-circle with an online-only journal under the Diamond Point Press banner, called twenty20 Journal. It features poetry and fiction of 20 words or fewer, and is by far Diamond Point Press's most popular journal, calling into question many popular ideas about online vs. print journals. It normally publishes two issues per quarter with no specific theme, except in the Summer when it publishes three themed issues.

Krause is among the pioneers in selling literary journals as e-books, offering most of Diamond Point Press's catalog on Kindle, NOOK, and iBooks. He is developing a SmartPhone app for twenty20 Journal.

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